Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Dec. 4 an agreement with Amtrak to complete Hartford line commuter rail service on the Interstate 91 corridor between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass.

Malloy said the state received guaranteed agreements for cost ceilings and a clear timetable for work completion.

The State Bond Commission the week of Dec. 7 is scheduled to allocate $155 million to complete construction of the future Hartford Line, a final installment to upgrade the line and launch expanded rail service between New Haven and Hartford.

This action, said Malloy, brings the total funding for programs in this corridor to $643 million – $208 million of federal funds and $435 million from the state. The Hartford line upgrade upgrade is expected to cost $570 million.

According to the governor, an additional $73 million is being spent on related corridor investments, including adding a platform at the State Street station, renovations at the Berlin station, continuing the design of five new stations along the corridor and studying the realignment of the line in Hartford as part of the overall I-84 viaduct alternatives.

"Instead of letting this languish for years and years, we are stepping up to the plate as a state," Malloy said in a statement.

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