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A federal plan to improve Northeast rail service calls for laying miles of new track through densely populated Fairfield County — a massive undertaking that would disrupt residents and businesses, and likely require property seizures.

“Southwestern Connecticut is at risk,” said. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, referring to a new Northeast Corridor Future plan recently released by the Federal Railroad Administration.

“Most alarming is talk about building bypasses in Stamford and in Westport and other towns,” Blumenthal said. “There is danger in expanding the route through culturally and environmentally sensitive areas.”

The plan to increase train capacity and high-speed rail service includes significant bypasses or diversions from existing Metro-North tracks in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and Westport.

Those diversions cut through densely populated property containing hundreds — if not thousands — of homes and businesses, and would likely cost tens of billions of dollars to accomplish. Read more of the original article 

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