Governor Rell Announces ‘STEAP’ Funding For Windsor Locks Rail Station Improvements

May 31, 2006

Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today that $225,000 will soon be available to pays for initial planning studies and analyses for improvements to the Amtrak Station in the center of Windsor Locks. The funding comes from the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) that is to be approved at the June meeting of the State Bond Commission.

“This is an important investment in Windsor Locks – one that will benefit commuters and the community at large,” Governor Rell said. “This is an excellent illustration of the strong partnership between the state and our local governments and I am pleased that we can make these monies available.”

The funding will be used for environmental studies, design costs and permit fees for the restoration and expansion of this historic station on Main Street in Windsor Locks. This is the first phase of this improvement project.

Governor Rell thanked state Senator John Kissel and state Representative Peggy Sayers, whose districts include Windsor Locks, for their support for this project.

“This is an important first step toward the acquisition and renovation of the historic old train station in Windsor Locks,” said Senator Kissel. “The funding will help move this project forward and ultimately stimulate economic development in the Main Street area of town. I would like to thank Governor Rell for her assistance in securing this grant for the town and people of Windsor Locks.”

The Bond Commission will meet Friday, June 9, at 11 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.