Norwalk Republican legislators announce transportation forum


Transportation Commissioner James Redeker (Christine Stuart photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:


Who: State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141), Fred Wilms (R-142), Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.  

What: Norwalk Transportation Forum

Where: Norwalk City Hall – Common Council Chambers, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Description: The legislators and Commissioner Redeker welcome members of the community to present their suggestions and voice their concerns about Norwalk area transportation related issues.


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Donna Smirniotopoulos March 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

@Rick, $73,000,000 in Federal DOT grant money earmarked for rail projects is exactly the kind of opportunity the mayor should be lobbying for himself, whether or not he has a communications director.

marija bryant March 13, 2018 at 11:53 am

Great opportunity to voice support for a Wall Street train station and the benefits it will bring for this area of the city.

Rick March 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Great opportunity for the Danbury line to get things they need , like electricity and safe surface crossings. Norwalk has always had their hand out it gets old.

Other cities and towns no matter what is deemed important comes with a price tag, matching funds work but Norwalk seems to think after receiving priceless works of art on West ave and utter nonsense grants they deserve full grants for priorities .

Look whats on the table now that funding has been postponed , cant fill the Merritt without a decent train station just ask Duff, by the way is he still working in Hartford?

Since the Wall st station has been made a priority how much money has Norwalk lost in Grants? Matching grants?

You also have Amtrak they don’t like anything that slows them down fro Boston to Dc , they also have a lot to say what goes on the Northeast Corridor like it or not,

Wall st should have Murphy Himes Duff and others in the lead for all of this, Federal money is passed down the line all the time,Why voters keep these Missing in action DOA’S politicians has always been a stumbling block for those with great ideas ,The Wall st station is a great idea if the city ever grows up.

Not much happens on wall st other than police presence and strong reminder what the Redevelopment Aouthority does to control growth with a crystal ball and Stantec.

Private investments happen when the city grows right with leadership , and a full understanding what can and cant be done.

Going back to Amtrak, the city was sold aRR yard behind the mall , chances are it will grow beyond wall st money for that is still floating in, a new station or reopening a old one would be perfect but the plans for the bridge came with strings.

We never hear who is doing what until the day they all show up and break ground, this rail yard like the mall was planned out well . Lets say when GGP met with Trump did the conversation go , need a platform at the mall maybe?

That meeting went by everyone , like they talked about golf

here is another link that shows Norwalk is slow short on vision


Rick March 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

part of the 200 miles of track they want to add for speed will go thru Norwalk, so where is the information we need to understand what the deal is.

Having meetings keeping people involved is great but unless we have the Democrats up front with the taxpayers who want things like Wall st the first thing to do is hold them accountable with facts they should know to pass on. Right now with all the big meetings planned no one seems to be on the same page.

Red Herrings are thrown around giving hope there is a slight chance people will be heard yet read the DOT news the fix is in and Norwalk never seems to be in a win win spot.

Donna Smirniotopoulos March 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm

@Rick, the ConnDot team, last time we asked, claimed they didn’t have any information on high speed rail. They also said high speed rail would never replace the existing train routes, all of which argued in favor of replacing the Walk Bridge. Closing off the waterway to large boats north of the bridge was ruled out long before most of us started paying attention.

The idea that those who missed the meetings can’t complain about the outcomes is dismissive of the way most of us live our lives—assuming that our betters are looking out for us.

Debora Goldstein March 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

The high-speed rail project is at the exact same stage in its progress plan as the Walk Bridge is. They have completed their EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and issued a ROD (Record of Decision). They have a selected alternative. All of this is available on the web site https://www.fra.dot.gov/necfuture/

The plan is to make improvements to the entire Northeast Corridor (think Amtrak route) to create high-speed rail, EXCEPT that part of it will require a “spur” in which they build a brand new track to go around the existing track. That spur begins at Greens Farms in Westport and runs in the I-95 right of way, all the way down to New Rochelle. That means we are putting a billion dollar bridge on a rail line that will be by-passed by high-speed rail (or replaced by it?).

The CT DOT team maintains that the high-speed rail project is speculative because the FRA has no funding for it. The CT DOT team has not explained to the public how the Walk Bridge project will proceed even though it is not fully funded either, nor can they explain why FRA is speculative even though it is at the exact same stage of progress as the Walk Bridge.

Rick March 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Great update but there is always a catch and within the decision.Your also right Debora no funding
There is another side of the coin

opponents are often motivated by the impact of the new railway on the environment.

In todays world does it have to be high speed? may only benefit a small section of the population who use trains between major cities.

In recent times of budget cuts, spending on train service is not the highest priority, NY and NJ are looking for bridges to carry cars and Amtrak

lets not think whats working will be replaced right away so its slower by what a half hour from Boston to NY

improved speed is debatable given that many people can now work on laptops away from the office.

Might just make a lot of people move out further if high speed is the key , counter productive to what we have now for commuters filling up these apts

politics makes this expensive, forward thinking investment projects unlikely to return much political capital. Elections aren’t won by promising improved transport links for the next decade (in the document)

Does this plan put more hazardous freight going thru Norwalk , study says yes.

So for now Amtrak is here and the mere fact rail will be put down in Norwalk never seen before sidings and rail yard and the new power stations like the two already built here in Norwalk tells us all someone else has plans for Norwalk that most have never seen.

Keeping your eye on the ball is to watch what Metro North does along Washington st to the police station and what has already been built on Van Zant where Amtrak has been working for months along with Metro North. over 30 70,000 pound trailers of Hazardous waste left Van Zant to a haz mat landfill in Ny 10 months ago for the building of a substation there was no ribbon cutting there when it opened . Is that taxable its mini Manressa.

I think before money relocates anything Amtrak will be here for a while

be great to hear how many feet or miles of track they plan to put down in Norwalk alone , this may be great for our steel mills stateside , the mall is another story.

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