A proposal to create a commuter rail service between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., was pushed forward by the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) this week.
The proposal will now face public hearings on the specific plans, which estimate the costs at about $250 million.
After weighing several options, the TSB decided to seek public input on the train service that would carry about 2,000 riders daily. The board expects to vote later this year after the hearings.
State and local officials from Connecticut and Massachusetts endorse the project, stating that it would reduce congestion and encourage economic development.