The Wilton Economic Development Commission submitted written testimony last month in support of legislation introduced by state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) to improve service on Metro-North’s Danbury branch line. She has submitted HB 6553 to reallocate transportation funding for improvements on the rail line. The bill is co-sponsored by 11 Republican and Democratic representatives representing towns on or near the Danbury branch.
In its testimony to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, the Economic Development Commission supported the idea of a shuttle train service up the line from South Norwalk. A shuttle to provide more frequent service along the more heavily used segments of the line is being explored by the Department of Transportation, which says this type of service could be provided at a fraction of the cost of electrification of the line.