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  • Opinion: Trains run slower than in 1960s due to Walk Bridge, neglect

    Rail commuters on Metro-North got a Spring surprise recently:  a new timetable with slower running times.  Rush hour trains now leave earlier and arrive later than before, adding anywhere from one to ten minutes to published running times, depending on the length of the trip. But hey!  What happened to that 30-30-30 plan for faster trains?  Why are the trains running…

  • MTA Metro-North Railroad to receive up to 94 additional M8 cars for the New Haven Line

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board on Wednesday approved an order for at least 60, and up to a total of 94, additional new M8 rail cars that provide train service on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, a press release said.

  • Norwalk political notes: Who’s that P&Z director?

    NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s what we have for you in political notes this Saturday: GGP waiting on state Mum’s the word on new P&Z director Windmills at Oyster Shell Park? Knopp, Wilms to address BoE on state school funding Lavielle, Republican colleagues, protest ‘unfair’ transit fare increase Lavielle honored by statewide organization

  • Opinion: Our infrastructure – dangling by a thread

    Former NBC News director and anchor, now a professional communications consultant, Jim Cameron leads workshops on media training, speech and presentations skills and preps clients for analyst briefings and legislative testimony. He served for 19 years on the CT Metro-North Rail Commuter Council, is an elected member of the Darien Representative Town Meeting and is…

  • Once Around the City: Clean-up time, summer learning, senior health and more

    NORWALK, Conn. – The trees are blossoming, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the temperatures are climbing. Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to get out of the house. There’s plenty going on around Norwalk in the coming weeks:

  • Connecticut colleges, Metro-North ban hoverboards

    HARTFORD, Conn. – In the wake of mounting safety concerns nationwide about the devices, hoverboards have been banned from Connecticut state college and university campuses, officials announced this week Hoverboards – self-balancing, motorized scooter boards that have become increasingly popular – can not be charged, operated or stored on any of the 17 campuses within…

  • Listen up, state officials: Hit the brakes on East Ave. project

    Debora Goldstein is a Third Taxing District commissioner and an East Norwalk resident. To the Editor: Public Letter to the Governor, Lt. Governor, State Majority Leader, State Representatives, Western Connecticut Council of Governments, Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, and the MetroNorth Railroad: At every opportunity for public comment for almost two decades, residents of our community…

  • Opinion: Less snark, more solutions needed to get Connecticut growing again

    Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates. In the two years after the 2011 tax hikes, the state lost an average of 38 people a day to other states, and $5.2 million a day in taxable…

  • Murphy asks ‘Fed Up’ commuters how to improve roads and rails

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Conn. – U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has announced a new vehicle for constituent complaints about commuting in Connecticut – his “Fed Up” website. The video and online survey launched Thursday invites residents to channel their road rage into constructive feedback about how a shorter, more reliable commute could improve commerce, productivity and quality…

  • Opinion: Is Malloy the second coming of Moses?

    Opinion: Is Malloy the second coming of Moses?

    Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates. When Robert Moses, then commissioner of New York State’s Parks Department, started work on what would eventually become Jones Beach on Long Island’s South Shore, he used a tactic…

  • $4M Norwalk dock yard work intended to enhance rail service

    NORWALK, Conn. – The state Bond Commission approved $4 million Tuesday to design, engineer and construct an upgraded dock yard on the New Haven Line’s Danbury Branch in South Norwalk. The existing yard – which consists of one mainline track and two sidings – is located to the south of Science Road and the city’s…

  • $20M Merritt 7 train station plan debated at Norwalk meeting

    NORWALK, Conn. — A potential $20 million state expenditure for a new Norwalk train station was presented to fewer than 20 people Wednesday, one of whom complained that more people might have showed up at Norwalk City Hall if the state had been serious about advertising the presentation. “God forbid, the people who use Metro-North…

  • Malloy, Redeker pitch ramp-up to long-term transportation vision

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Transportation Commissioner James Redeker pitched their plan Monday to spend an additional $2.8 billion as part of their five-year ramp up to a 30-year, $100-billion vision for transportation. The five-year ramp-up and the enhanced level of funding will increase the current level of transportation borrowing from…

  • State’s plan to replace Norwalk railroad bridge fires up Bike/Walk Task Force

    NORWALK, Conn. – Progress is silently being made on replacing the ailing and aged “Walk Bridge” over the Norwalk River, which held up thousands of Metro-North commuters last summer, Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord said. Not so silent, though, is the Norwalk Bike/Walk Task Force, which already has comments lined up for an…

  • Norwalk DPW chief delivers Walk Bridge, East Avenue update, in spite of McCarthy’s objection

    NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman got the answers she was seeking Tuesday about the East Avenue widening project, but only because Michelle Maggio stepped in. Sarah Hunter asked at the beginning of the Public Works Committee meeting for an update but was informed by Committee Chairman David McCarthy (R-District E) that East Avenue was…

  • Expanded rail service to NYC began Sunday

    NORWALK, Conn. – Expanded off-peak and weekend rail service on Metro-North began Sunday, with trains running every half-hour between New Haven and New York City. Three new midday trains will depart from New Haven on weekdays at 11:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 1:25 p.m. Four new trains will depart from Grand Central Terminal at 9:34…