Local leaders are pushing back against a plan to expand high-speed train infrastructure through Fairfield County, questioning the impact of the new rail system in smaller communities. The Federal Rail Administration unveiled a new rail investment plan for the Northeast Corridor last month, which would include a new rail bypass running between New Rochelle, N.Y. and Greens Farms in Westport.
Last week First Selectman Jayme Stevenson attended a roundtable discussion about the new rail bypass organized by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. Commissioner James Redeker of the state Department of Transportation and several officials from other Connecticut municipalities were in attendance as well. While the FRA’s plan is preliminary, Stevenson and Stamford Mayor David Martin criticized the decision to map out the expansions without regard to the land in question. Stevenson said that based on the proposed lines in the plan, Darien would be the most affected community along the bypass from New York to Westport.