http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2015/01/30/news/local/doc54ca8b37ee399487310863.txtWaterbury line upgrades a priority, commissioner says By Paul Hughes
HARTFORD -- The state Department of Transportation is doing its best to accelerate the design and installation of a signalization system for the Waterbury rail line, DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker told state lawmakers today.
Sen. Robert Kane, R-Watertown, questioned Redeker about the status of planned upgrades to the Metro-North branch line running between Bridgeport and Waterbury during Redeker's confirmation hearing.
Redeker said it is “insane” that trains currently can only run in one direction at a time.
“So, we have to fix it. We're committed to it, and it is the first time we made that commitment,” he told members of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.
The signalized line would allow north- and southbound trains to safely pass each other, and it would permit DOT to add rush hour and off-peak trains to a line that has been long neglected.
The DOT is adding pull outs to permit train traffic to flow in both directions.