Report: $3.6B needed to maintain rail service

Rail commuters on Metro-North's New Haven Line will face continuing disruptions and delays over the next 20 years without an additional $3.6 billion to maintain the railroad's basic dependability, according to a regional planning report released Thursday. The report by the Regional Plan Association calls for the immediate replacement of the state's four movable bridges, which are each more than 100 years old, repairing and straightening sharp curves and installing collision avoidance technology by 2020. "If they don't invest at higher levels they will continue to have to run at slower speeds and we could see the problems of 2013 continue or become worse," RPA Connecticut Director Amanda Kennedy told the Stamford Advocate. Read the full article.