Freight trains to soon move through Connecticut towns

Connecticut

Freight trains will start rolling through several towns in Connecticut.

It’s a good sign for the state’s economy, but not so much for the people living in those towns. 

From Cromwell to Rocky Hill to Wethersfield, the train tracks haven’t been used for more than a decade. People are used to walking on them crossing over them.

On June 3rd the rails will once again be active.

Gary Evans, the Wethersfield town manager, said the freight trains will be traveling about 10 miles an hour pulling somewhere around 25 cars. 

It has people concerned.

He is worried about the four schools in the area, traffic backing up onto Silas Deane Highway, and collisions.

“You don’t even think twice about it, I have lived in town for 17 years. I have never known trains to be here. I catch myself now knowing they are coming in, oh my God I just went over a rail!” Evans said.

While there are a lot of concerns, the town manager said it’s a good sign for Connecticut the freight trains are moving again on the tracks.

He’s been working with DOT and the rail company to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

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