Greenwich Legislators Applaud Expected Release of $5.3Million to Upgrade Cos Cob Station

October 26, 2009

Funds to be used for upgrades in the commuter train power system

Hartford, CT – State Senator L. Scott Frantz, Reps. Fred Camillo, Lile Gibbons, and Livy Floren applauded Governor Rell’s announcement that the state Bond Commission is expected to release $5.3 million to upgrade the power system for commuter trains from New Haven to New York when they meet on October 30th.

The project will upgrade a substation in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, which supplies power to part of the New Haven Rail line between Greenwich and Harrison, N.Y. The New Haven Rail line trains, operated by Metro-North, are powered by overhead wires supplied by a series of substations along the route.

“Critical infrastructure maintenance and support, especially concerning one of our most important transportation systems, is simply an investment we can’t afford not to make regardless of the State’s fiscal situation and I am very grateful for the Governor’s continued commitment to public transportation,” said Senator Frantz. “These funds will go a long way in making needed improvements to one of our community’s most important assets, especially as we prepare for new state-of-the-art rail cars.”

“The rail line, like I-95, is the economic life blood of our region. This upgrade along with the soon to be here M-8 rails cars, will ensure our rail system has both enough power and comfort for our commuters and rail passengers for years to come. Hats off to Governor Rell for making this happen”, said Rep. Camillo.

“The power upgrades announced today by the Governor are essential for our Greenwich Metro north commuters as the new trains are brought online. The additional power makes it possible for extra train cars to be added to current lines and to keep the trains moving at a consistent speed,” said Rep. Gibbons.

“I want to thank Governor Rell for her support of this project. The substation upgrade is needed in preparation of the new rail cars going on line in 2010,” added Rep.Floren.

The Cos Cob substation upgrade will be done in two phases – design and construction. Design work will begin over the winter months and construction will begin in 2010. The upgrade is expected to be completed in 2012.