Connecticut received a $10 million grant under the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program to construct a second platform at New Haven's State Street Station.

State officials say the project will minimize delays and accommodate an increase in service under the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail program.

The station, about a mile northeast of the city's main Union Station, services Shore Line East and Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line.

Under the current track configuration, these trains need to cross over two to three Northeast Corridor main-line tracks to reach the existing platform. Officials say the addition of a second platform will eliminate many of the cross-over movements.

"We are making long-overdue, strategic choices to improve Connecticut's transportation system in a way that encourages economic growth and job creation," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement on Sept. 3.

Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's rate Connecticut's general obligation bonds AA, while Moody's Investors Service assigns an Aa3 rating.

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