(CBS Connecticut) — Hundreds of Old Lyme residents and people from surrounding towns today packed a public hearing on plans that might put a new rail line through the shoreline town.

East Lyme resident Connie Sullivan is worried that her town could be effected too.

“You would ruin a town and put a railroad through it?  It’s not a good idea,” Sullivan said. “Just leave [the tracks] where they are.  It’s a beautiful ride. Why would you move it?”

Brad Burgess says federal officials should put the rail line elsewhere.

“Go through Hartford, Worster, Springfield, and pick up more traffic,”  Burgess said. “Besides destroying a nice little community, which they are, it does not make any sense.”

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal got loud applause when he pledged to work long and hard to fight an effort to put a rail line through the shoreline town.

Federal rail officials are considering several options for expanding Amtrak lines through the northeastern United States.

Any construction would be years, if not decades away.



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