Cos Cobber calls the New Haven – Springfield rail project a boondoggle and he’s surely right. It’s a pet project of our upstate legislators that was slowly going nowhere until Dodd got hisself some Stimulus funds and breathed life into it. Oh joy. I can find almost no information on the train, but common sense suggests that the ridership from Hartford to New Haven or New Haven to Springfield is limited at best. The one “study” I did find is preposterous. In order to come up with a significant ridership pool the study’s authors had to go out to a two-mile walking radius and even then could only find 6,500 imaginary hikers.
Even a Greenwich real estate agent would blush if he were to describe a house two miles from the train station “within walking distance” but when trying to establish a need where none exists, these economists have no shame.
The entire project is about politics and payoffs, not transportation – Connecticut’s legislature will happily divert money from the New Haven line because that serves Fairfield County, the resented golden goose, while feeding themselves up north. Happy feasting.