Blumenthal: Rail Award Falls Short

By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s $30 million award in federal transportation funding for a planned rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. falls far short of what state leaders were seeking.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that he wants to know why the state did not receive a bigger share of the $2 billion in federal funds that became available after the Florida governor turned down the money. Blumenthal said the state had sought $270 million.

Blumenthal said he’s demanding an explanation from the Department of Transportation, calling it “a surprise and a disappointment” that Connecticut did not receive more money. Federal officials have expressed enthusiasm for the project.
A large chunk of the money, $450 million, was awarded to Amtrak to improve service between New York and Washington.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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