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There will be a "Republican Breakfast" to discuss the high-speed rail issue tomorrow Saturday, January 21st at 8 a.m. at Bouchers Wood River Inn, Hope Valley, R.I. $10 tax and tip included, with breakfast. I'm sure all are welcome to attend. ... See MoreSee Less

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There will be a public meeting in Pawcatuck, CT on Tuesday, January 24, to discuss NEC Future and the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. Gregory Stroud of SECoast and Connecticut Trust will also be on hand with others to listen to your concerns, help answer questions, and make sense of the plan. Please share this notice, and please come!

Where? Pawcatuck Fire House
When? 6:30 p.m.
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Sharon S. StrykerNo way should this plan go forward!

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Shirin Richardson PlattI agree. This plan should not go through. Keep Westerly as a stop.

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Fran LuchkaI agree, this plan should not go through. It will change the landscape of so many towns in its path! Not only in R.I, and Ct., but also MA.. It will destroy wells in rural areas, wetlands, homes will be destroyed, land will be taken away, the watershed will be destroyed. I could go on forever but, all we can do as a group is to fight it.

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Sandi RibeachesThere will be a Rally at Rhode Island State House. Buses leaving from Charlestown Town Hall at 2:00 call Town Hall for details!

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Al RazzanoAny chance of this meeting being recorded on FB live for those who may not be able to attend?

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Jan Dowst AielloThat bi-pass must be stopped. We don't need it or want it. There already is a railroad!!!

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Bob Dimock Jr.Hi all This meeting, due to room size, is for Stonington residents only. We scheduled it last week as a neighborhood meeting & as it grew we scheduled the fire station but unfortunately the small room capacity makes this a local event only.

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Bob Dimock Jr.Here's the link to sign the petition against the Amtrak Bypass www.ipetitions.com/petition/secoast/

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A great piece on the growing opposition to the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass through Connecticut and Rhode Island, just out from Matt O'Brien at the Associated Press. Here is a link as it appears in the Boston Herald:

www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2017/01/17_rhode_island_lawmakers_oppose_high_speed_rail_bypass
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A pitch-perfect resolution opposing the bypass in Rhode Island and Connecticut signed by 17 State Senators and State Representatives in Rhode Island. Thank you.

http://charlestowncitizens.org/2017/01/17/south-county-house-and-senate-opposition-to-bypass/

A pitch-perfect resolution opposing the bypass in Rhode Island and Connecticut signed by 17 State Senators and State Representatives in Rhode Island. Thank you.

charlestowncitizens.org/2017/01/17/south-county-house-and-senate-opposition-to-bypass/
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Daniel MackayWell played, Rhode Island, well played.

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Sandra-Lee BuckleyBravo Rhode Island. Thank you.

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Pat O'HaraA rare proud political moment in this State. Gina Rainmondo is up to no good at the moment as well.

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Two events Id like to make you aware of... 

First... RiverCogs Sam Gold and Gregory Stroud of the Connecticut Trust and SECoast will be discussing the train issue on the radio today from 12:30 to 1:00, on Suzanne Thompsons CT Outdoors on WLIS 1420 AM & WMRD 1150 AM, streaming realtime at www.wliswmrd.net. 

The show repeats tonight from 6:30-7:00 pm, Sat, Jan. 21, 1-1:30 pm, Sun, Jan. 22, 7-7:30 am.

Second... Gregory Stroud will be the guest speaker at the Community Connections Luncheon, on January 25th, hosted by the Old Lyme Country Club. This event is open to the public, with a donation of $25. We expect a lively gathering, with ample time for a serious discussion, and chance to ask your questions. Please come out and support our efforts on high-speed rail

Two events I'd like to make you aware of...

First... RiverCog's Sam Gold and Gregory Stroud of the Connecticut Trust and SECoast will be discussing the train issue on the radio today from 12:30 to 1:00, on Suzanne Thompson's CT Outdoors on WLIS 1420 AM & WMRD 1150 AM, streaming realtime at www.wliswmrd.net.

The show repeats tonight from 6:30-7:00 pm, Sat, Jan. 21, 1-1:30 pm, Sun, Jan. 22, 7-7:30 am.

Second... Gregory Stroud will be the guest speaker at the Community Connections Luncheon, on January 25th, hosted by the Old Lyme Country Club. This event is open to the public, with a donation of $25. We expect a lively gathering, with ample time for a serious discussion, and chance to ask your questions. Please come out and support our efforts on high-speed rail
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Daniel MackayLunch reservations can be made here: www.lolcommunityconnections.org/

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On January 10th, just before heading over to the meeting in Charlestown, Rhode Island, we stopped by for an hour to discuss the plan with Tim Hanser, a member of the Green Party, and a thoughtful voice on transportation and other issues in the New London region. On his television program, we try to work through the current situation, the pluses and minuses, and what can be done. Take a look! ... See MoreSee Less

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Molly FlueckigerI don't agree with Mr. Stroud's claim that the CT Coast is a "sacrificial lamb," and improved high-speed rail will not benefit our local communities. The conversation about the FRA's plan should also include the projections of population decline and decreased economic activity for the region in the same time period. Faster connections to Boston and New York might mitigate CT's brain-drain problem. I don't know what to make about Mr. Stroud's contradictory and confusing comments at the end about the plan not being an accident.

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The Federal Railroad Administration just announced that they will hold one last public meeting on NEC Future before the plan is finalized. As an open house -- a format which SECoast specifically requested for Old Lyme -- there should be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and have them answered. As you recall, we were never afforded that opportunity. We would strongly encourage you to attend.

Springfield, MA Open House on January 25, 2017, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
60 Congress Street
Springfield, MA

The Federal Railroad Administration just announced that they will hold one last public meeting on NEC Future before the plan is finalized. As an open house -- a format which SECoast specifically requested for Old Lyme -- there should be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and have them answered. As you recall, we were never afforded that opportunity. We would strongly encourage you to attend.

Springfield, MA Open House on January 25, 2017, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
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Springfield, MA
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SECoastPLEASE SHARE and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

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Russ HadleyThanks for the post. We had an open meeting in Charlestown this week which was sadly poorly attended. Gov't people were absent. But community had a valuable discussion.

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SallyAnn WoitowitzIf it is for Old Lyme, why is it being held in Springfield, MA? There is no way most working residents will be able to attend.

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Paulla JenningsTrain will not go through Narragansett land! They need to reroute or remain on same tracks!! Tribal elder!!

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Joseph LesterLook at where they're holding it. Really far away for old Lyme and other shoreline communities that it's affecting the most and really do not want it

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Jo Ann Comeau ErcoliThat's why we need to all suck it up and go to Springfield! They are hoping that we don't want to be inconvenienced- we need lots of people at this!!

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Kim CoulterJosh Coulter

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Thomas Michael John MulcairYeah Springfield will have no idea what this train route will be doing, I think that's why it been moved there cause they got tired of hearing the shoreline community complain about it, it is right we really don't need this. And can spend the same on much more needed repairs and safeties like Blumenthal is suggesting

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John OgrenAre you sure about the site for the meeting? Pioneer Valley is a railroad company located near Springfield. This really sounds like something dealing with them. (It doesn't make sense for Springfield people to be excited -it will have zero effect for them.)

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Frank J FarinaWill they have their checkbook with them

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Christina Marie SmallThat's sad that it is all the way in MA where people who live there are not effected

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Sandra GoddardWho can we contact to oppose this? I'm in Mystic.

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Nancy SchwammPresence of people is MOST IMPORTANT. The numbers count and need to be counted

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Sandi RibeachesCan we get a big bus?

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James F Murphy SrWhy not have it in Alaska for all the good it does. ANYONE GIVING RIDES?

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Linda A. StirlingI think it unfair to the elderly, people with children, inability to drive far etc to make the meeting so far away from the towns affected. This is something that should not be allowed and I'm sure it is intentional. I hope our senators and representatives have some ability to change the meeting place. I would like the governor to force the issue since it affects many areas of our state.

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Steve KearnsSpringfield? Really?

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Linda Waselewski WintersWhy is the meeting in Springfield? I think the meeting should be relocated to the CT shoreline.

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D'Arcy ClevelandWaste of time and money shut it down

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Mary Ann SalvatoreSpringfield. Really?

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John ProctorThe plan to go through Old Lyme is ridiculous. It would ruin historic areas and destroy the atmosphere.

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Paula FoyeSam Stokley...Read this.

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Trebor YadnomI think they should allow you to take the train there for free!! No??

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Blumenthal on NEC Future, Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass
Senator Richard Blumenthal raises the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass at confirmation hearings for Elaine Chao as transportation secretary. We've all grown almost accustomed to this kind of support from the senior Senator (and from the rest of the delegation!), but it's important to understand that this level of engagement is remarkable. It just doesn't happen. And behind the scenes, the responsiveness looks even better.
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Jack Montmeatreally great of him to speak specifically about Old Lyme and its cultural landmarks

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Kelly BartnickThat is awesome!!!!

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Jeanne Albanese SilvaThis gives me hope! Thank you, Senator Blumenthal! ❤

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Nancy StulaHe does an amazing job.

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Mike RzewuskiHope the RI delegation is as enthused as he is about this subject.

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Lisa RenesonGreat representative is an understatement.

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Suzanne SpinaHe's the best!!!

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Joseph LesterAre used to not really like Blumenthal, but since this has come out he has been nothing but supportive of our town.

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Marie-Louise KnappThank you.

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Thomas PenfieldTHAT is representation , in its purest form. Regardless of political affiliation we need to remember who takes care of us

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Linnea MeshamSen. Blumenthal always speaking up and working for what is right. Thank you.

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Lee CarlsonThis is one of the few things Sen. Blumenthal promotes with which I disagree vehemently.

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Nell TwiningHow close is Blumenthal to Senator Whitehouse in R.I. It seems to me, getting him on board is critical.

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Jan LukensSo comforting to view a politician supporting the community, exactly what all of them are supposed to do at all times.

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Terry GranatekTake a plane. Seriously. The cost of adding the infrastructure alone, out weighs any benefit.

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Philip ParcakSen. Blumenthal has always been out ft for his constituents as Attorney General and as a Senator. I have no doubt he will use every opportunity to keep this issue on the ft.burner.

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Chuck KlimaszewskiWell When they do it My suggestion They have a emergency fund sitting n waitng for any n all accidents $25 million

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Lynn WynnHope he and his colleagues are successful in resolving this issue so the potentially affected areas of Connecticut are protected

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Sandra-Lee BuckleyThat man is the best. Connecticut is so lucky to have this man. I've been a registered republican since 1968 and have always voted for this man for any office he's ever run for. Just love him

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Youve got to love that the meeting in the cafeteria in Charlestown, RI, just popped up on the Daily Mail site in the UK!

SECoast with Elaine Morgan and 5 others.

You've got to love that the meeting in the cafeteria in Charlestown, RI, just popped up on the Daily Mail site in the UK!
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Sandi RibeachesWow-za

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Barbara HumphriesJudy, this is the meeting I went to on Tuesday!

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So, youre probably wondering, after squinting over the blurry low-resolution maps announced with NEC Future, just how good are the real maps, and who has access to them?

Well theyve blurred these a bit, but this is from todays webinar with FRA. Apparently state and federal agencies have access to these maps -- the Federal Railroad Administration, Parsons Brinckerhoff, CT DOT -- but weve asked, and the FRA refuses to share them with the general public.

Unfortunately I can’t give you access to the Data Viewer; we’ve only made the Data Viewer available to federal and state agencies, in compliance with data sharing agreements.

So, you're probably wondering, after squinting over the blurry low-resolution maps announced with NEC Future, just how good are the real maps, and who has access to them?

Well they've blurred these a bit, but this is from today's webinar with FRA. Apparently state and federal agencies have access to these maps -- the Federal Railroad Administration, Parsons Brinckerhoff, CT DOT -- but we've asked, and the FRA refuses to share them with the general public.

"Unfortunately I can’t give you access to the Data Viewer; we’ve only made the Data Viewer available to federal and state agencies, in compliance with data sharing agreements."
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Sherry Lankford JohnstonI just think there mind is made up period we a just spinning our wheels!

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Jay McAnallySent a not to Rep Courtney asking that he lean on the FRA to share.

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Leif NilssonWhat state is this map of, Rhode Island?

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Robin BreedingMaryland

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Ronald SinagraSo much for government working for the people. They won't even work 'with' us.

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Terrie LightfootThis map is of Delaware. I wonder what they are hiding by denying access to the correct maps and other info?

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Daniel SmithFIOA it

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Leif NilssonYeah, I just noticed Delaware on the map.

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Leif NilssonOK, was it supposed to be a map of CT or not specific?

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Kathryn Lee CannonIn regard to the FOIA request and the refusal of the FRA to provide copies of their so-called "great maps": I am reminded of this bit of age-old wisdom: "Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing". Something is indeed rotten in the state of Connecticut. Scary stuff.

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Laurie Matson MattsonThat's so the government has heads up on land to buy or not to buy. Kind of like insiders trading. Don't want the public to get it first.

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Patty Buckingham KurlanskyWill the CT DOT share? And if not, why not?

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Meet Charlestown, Rhode Island -- likely the second-hardest hit  town along the entire Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston, at the other end of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. They woke up to the plan on December 16. Daniel Mackay and I met with a standing-room-only crowd at the local elementary school. An assortment of local and state government representatives were there, as well as 2 officials from Amtrak, senate and house aides, and quite a few members of the press. It was a pretty fiery crowd.  They were being sold Tier 2, and to their credit, the public wasnt  buying it. Big thanks to the local town council, and to the Charlestown Citizens Alliance, for organizing a very successful meeting, and to everyone there, for their kindness and warm welcome.

Meet Charlestown, Rhode Island -- likely the second-hardest hit town along the entire Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston, at the other end of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. They woke up to the plan on December 16. Daniel Mackay and I met with a standing-room-only crowd at the local elementary school. An assortment of local and state government representatives were there, as well as 2 officials from Amtrak, senate and house aides, and quite a few members of the press. It was a pretty fiery crowd. They were being sold Tier 2, and to their credit, the public wasn't buying it. Big thanks to the local town council, and to the Charlestown Citizens Alliance, for organizing a very successful meeting, and to everyone there, for their kindness and warm welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dini MalloryIncredible that Charlestown was able to mobilize so quickly over the holidays. From a Dec 16th NEC-Future wake up to a January 10th, standing room only meeting - outstanding leadership.

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How do they pay for the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass? They lease the right of way to the utility companies... 

The Amtrak passenger railroad is looking for businesses that are interested in running energy or telecommunications lines near hundreds of miles of track that it controls in the Northeast....
This week, Amtrak announced it is seeking offers from companies interested in the potential use of up to 363 miles of right-of-way along the Northeast corridor, which stretches between Washington and Boston, and elsewhere in the region. 

http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-business/article/Amtrak-seeks-lease-offers-along-tracks-to-NYC-10841178.php

How do they pay for the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass? They lease the right of way to the utility companies...

"The Amtrak passenger railroad is looking for businesses that are interested in running energy or telecommunications lines near hundreds of miles of track that it controls in the Northeast....
This week, Amtrak announced it is seeking offers from companies interested in the potential use of up to 363 miles of right-of-way along the Northeast corridor, which stretches between Washington and Boston, and elsewhere in the region."

www.timesunion.com/tuplus-business/article/Amtrak-seeks-lease-offers-along-tracks-to-NYC-10841178...
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Constance AyarsDisgusting!

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William StammActually this is a good thing for all of us. I don't believe that this particular project is good for us but overall putting utilities along the railroad is a good thing. Just like putting them underground under streets is a good thing. I worked for Conrail a long time ago and we were digging right along the railroad tracks all over the place putting in the Sprint fiber optic cable. Or better yet it's gone out of sight it works and it doesn't have to hang on poles all over the city.

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Roberta RocchettiAwful

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Stephen BessetteThey currently lease the right of way to the successor of MCI There is a fiber optics line that runs from Ny to Boston already.

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John OgrenOf course any above ground tracks will have the overhead electrical feed structures currently in use. Some of the lease right of way utilities may be underground.

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Carole PowellNice and ugly to put right up next to the railroad that runs along the sound.

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Cynthia FinleyAnd you will destroy historic towns like Old Lyme in the process. Disgusting.

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Robert William LovellYeah, keep pushing this narrative and you don't have to explain that taking money from the Feds for various projects is what opened up the door to thus "Progress". Politicians sold certain projects based on Federal subsidies, but the matching funds ALWAYS come with strings attached, to benefit the Feds, not the citizens. Read the fine print, Idiots!

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Edie TwiningThanks for the new info Greg. As long as cable is buried, which I image allows for less maintenance issues this should be acceptable. It is certainly common enough and makes sense if underground. But good to be aware of and clear about!

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Robin BeckwithUglllly!

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Robert William LovellCommunities involved in the last electrical upgrade" of high tension lines asked fro the same thing, underground burial. Land wasn't a problem as land already secured because of current overhead lines. Deemed too expensive, but the utility couldn't tell them how much savings would result from running underground or how much maintenance would be saved regarding the towers. Utilities think short term to satisfy their shareholders. Easier to explain when the amount of the dividend is higher. Remember, this isn't the same group that deferred tree trimming and it bit them butt. The utility banked on saving more money than the fine they paid when power interruptions were litigated. Their fine, far less than they pocketed. We enabled that behavior.

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Edward JonesWe already have the Rail where it is.., they are not going to give it up so it makes sense to concentrate the services there. By the way the bad news William Stamm the wires are coming out of the ground when they fail it can take days to fix a simple broken cable with a proper splice. Creating a new weak point in the system. Overhead lines are cheap and easy to repair

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Josh RoveroLine it with solar panels & wind turbines!

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Andre LaBarronWhat is the big deal??Progress superseeds big (old money)

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Margaret DeleoInteresting! Thx!🤣

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It’s the holiday season, but there is a January 31 deadline fast approaching to oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, and you want to know what you can do?  

First, even if you submitted public comment earlier in the process, you should write again. You don’t have to live near the bypass, comment is available to all adults, so please share this post with your friends everywhere. 

Now, just follow these simple steps:

1. Send an email to the Federal Railroad Administration. Here is the address: info@necfuture.com

2. In the Subject line include something like this: “Extend the Deadline & Drop the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass”  (you can cut and paste, but it never hurts to personalize these things)

3. Yes, a brilliant argument helps, but so does the sheer volume of comments. If you want a brilliant comment, that will come in January, but for now, don’t worry, keep it simple. Just cut and paste in this message:

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to oppose the inclusion of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass in NEC Future planning. I am also writing to object to the limited notice, and opportunity to comment on the plan. I first learned about plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass on ADD DATE OF WHEN YOU LEARNED OF BYPASS HERE. 

It is clear, that the Federal Railroad Administration has failed to demonstrate to the public a compelling need for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. There is also mounting evidence that the Federal Railroad Administration failed to comply with either the spirit or the letter of the law, by selecting the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass as part of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (F-EIS) prior to public comment, on or before, November 15, 2015.

To be clear, the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass poses intolerable and unsustainable impacts to the dense historic and environmental resources which define both Southeastern Connecticut and Southwestern Rhode Island.

Given the importance of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (P-EIS) for the future of the Northeast Corridor, a 60-day extension of the deadline for public comment from January 31, 2017 to April 1, 2017, is not only in the public interest, but has clear precedent. Indeed, a similar extension was granted to review much less extensive plans for the “All Aboard Florida” high speed rail planning initiative in Florida. The Federal Railroad Administration has enjoyed flexible deadlines throughout the planning process, surely, the public deserves an equivalent opportunity to provide informed and meaningful comment before this critical document is finalized.

Sincerely,

4.  Now that you have cut-and-pasted, feel free to personalize it, just make sure you have added the date as instructed above. That date is important for the public record.  Now sign and send. You can also mail your comment by post to: 

NEC FUTURE
U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
One Bowling Green, Suite 429
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5. If you would like to sign up for news on the project, or if you have questions, write us at info@SECOAST.ORG

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It’s the holiday season, but there is a January 31 deadline fast approaching to oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, and you want to know what you can do?

First, even if you submitted public comment earlier in the process, you should write again. You don’t have to live near the bypass, comment is available to all adults, so please share this post with your friends everywhere.

Now, just follow these simple steps:

1. Send an email to the Federal Railroad Administration. Here is the address: info@necfuture.com

2. In the Subject line include something like this: “Extend the Deadline & Drop the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass” (you can cut and paste, but it never hurts to personalize these things)

3. Yes, a brilliant argument helps, but so does the sheer volume of comments. If you want a brilliant comment, that will come in January, but for now, don’t worry, keep it simple. Just cut and paste in this message:

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to oppose the inclusion of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass in NEC Future planning. I am also writing to object to the limited notice, and opportunity to comment on the plan. I first learned about plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass on ADD DATE OF WHEN YOU LEARNED OF BYPASS HERE.

It is clear, that the Federal Railroad Administration has failed to demonstrate to the public a compelling need for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. There is also mounting evidence that the Federal Railroad Administration failed to comply with either the spirit or the letter of the law, by selecting the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass as part of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (F-EIS) prior to public comment, on or before, November 15, 2015.

To be clear, the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass poses intolerable and unsustainable impacts to the dense historic and environmental resources which define both Southeastern Connecticut and Southwestern Rhode Island.

Given the importance of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (P-EIS) for the future of the Northeast Corridor, a 60-day extension of the deadline for public comment from January 31, 2017 to April 1, 2017, is not only in the public interest, but has clear precedent. Indeed, a similar extension was granted to review much less extensive plans for the “All Aboard Florida” high speed rail planning initiative in Florida. The Federal Railroad Administration has enjoyed flexible deadlines throughout the planning process, surely, the public deserves an equivalent opportunity to provide informed and meaningful comment before this critical document is finalized.

Sincerely,

4. Now that you have cut-and-pasted, feel free to personalize it, just make sure you have added the date as instructed above. That date is important for the public record. Now sign and send. You can also mail your comment by post to:

NEC FUTURE
U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
One Bowling Green, Suite 429
New York, NY 10004

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Heather Kerr McNeilThank you!

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Sara WeeksThank you!

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Janet SchlossYes will do

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Sharon S. StrykerFIGHT THIS BYPASS IDEA; it is total destruction of what residents love & NEED...enjoyable life on the shoreline and as tourist destinations! L

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David RufoThank you and get writing

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