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SECoast and CT Trust have just finalized their formal response to NEC Future planning. You can find the document at the link below!

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8347285/CT%20Trust%20Public%20Comment%20on%20NEC%20Future.pdf

SECoast and CT Trust have just finalized their formal response to NEC Future planning. You can find the document at the link below!

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8347285/CT%20Trust%20Public%20Comment%20on%20NEC%20Future.pdf
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Bryce BreebbThank you SECoast!!

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Sharan A CarneyThank you. A little light reading ahead...

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Great crowd in Mystic this morning opposing the high-speed rail bypass... thank you Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney, State Sen. Paul Formica, State Sen. Dennis Algiere, State Sen. Heather Somers, State Rep. Devin Carney, CT Trust executive director Daniel Mackay, Virginia Lee President of the Town Council of Charlestown, Julie Carroccia Vice President of the Town Council of Charlestown, Jamie Silvestri Town Council President of Westerly, Loren Spears from the Narragansett Tribe, First Selectman Rob Simmons of Stonington, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder of Old Lyme, Mayor Michael Passero of New London, and our hosts and organizers Stephen Bessette, Annie Hettick, Chris Regan, and many others...

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Great crowd in Mystic this morning opposing the high-speed rail bypass... thank you Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney, State Sen. Paul Formica, State Sen. Dennis Algiere, State Sen. Heather Somers, State Rep. Devin Carney, CT Trust executive director Daniel Mackay, Virginia Lee President of the Town Council of Charlestown, Julie Carroccia Vice President of the Town Council of Charlestown, Jamie Silvestri Town Council President of Westerly, Loren Spears from the Narragansett Tribe, First Selectman Rob Simmons of Stonington, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder of Old Lyme, Mayor Michael Passero of New London, and our hosts and organizers Stephen Bessette, Annie Hettick, Chris Regan, and many others...
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2 weeks ago

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Sharan A CarneyThank you for hosting this rally. Nice to see the support.

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Jenn MillerThank you Gregory Stroud and Daniel Mackay for your hard work. Not possible without you two.

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WE HAVE A HEATED TENT! Come out for the rally at Olde Misticke Village 10 a.m. TODAY! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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Ruth PlatnerHow many does it fit?

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Roberta CurryThank you for all if your organizing, great day for the opposition!

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Steve SwanCouldn't make it today...where can I sign your petition?

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SECoastwell, a very small heated tented!.. thank you, everyone for turning out!

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Jesse Brownamtrak destroys waterfronts

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Kim Coulter of the Stoney Hill Cattle Co. and Virginia Lee, President of the Town Council of Charlestown, RI, do a very good job of laying out the stakes. I have been working through the planning documents at my job at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, working with lawyers from the National Trust, and while it is true that in theory some flexibility remains if this plan is approved in a few weeks, the reality is that the plan has been crafted to drop the mechanisms and legal defenses which would force such changes as this moves forward. ... See MoreSee Less

It is likely decades away - and may not happen at all - but a proposal by the Federal Rail Administration to run train tracks through the northern part of Ch...

2 weeks ago

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Daniel MackayComprehensive report, great visuals.

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Thanks to New London Mayor Michael Passero for prepared remarks, which he presented well to the transportation committee yesterday in Hartford. 

February 6, 2017

Testimony by Mayor Michael Passero on Proposed Joint House Resolution 54

On behalf of the City of New London, I submit the following testimony regarding the Northeast East Corridor (NEC) Future Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), specifically regarding the proposed Kenyon By-pass.

The City of New London clearly understands and appreciates the purpose and need for the NEC FUTURE program, and while my City fully supports improved rail service and performance throughout the Northeast Corridor and affirms that the Northeast Corridor is critical to the future economic growth of this part of the Country, we are concerned that the Kenyon By-pass alternative will have greater adverse impacts upon the City of New London than the predicted economic growth opportunities.

The FRA election to include the so-called Kenyon By-pass will disrupt existing land uses, have an adverse impact on environmental resources, and potentially reduce the number of intercity and regional trains having stops in New London and along the existing shoreline route.

The proposed section of new rail bed that cuts through New London would be especially devastating to my city.  The City of New London has approximately 5.67 square miles of land and, of that small area, nearly 50% of the land is non-taxable.  New London’s commercially developed land area comprises only 270 acres, approximately 7.3% of its total land.  The City is one of the most densely populated cities in the State of Connecticut and provides all the municipal services of much larger cities.  As such, the City struggles to maintain vital municipal services while keeping the tax burden to its property owners from being uncompetitively high.  The proposed Kenyon By-pass would create a new rail corridor through New London that would wipe out a significant portion of existing tax generating property.  New London simply cannot afford to lose any more taxable land.

Additionally, the Kenyon By-pass proposal circumvents the current Union Train Station in downtown New London.  This train station stop is vital to our existing transportation needs, the needs of the region, and our Transit Oriented Development initiatives. It is also hugely important to the successful development and sustainability of the future $100 million National Coast Guard Museum to be located directly adjacent to and connected to Union Station.  Any significant reduction in the number of passengers and train stops at this station will assuredly impact the City’s growth.

New London has begun to rebound economically with the government’s renewed investment in submarine construction and the State’s commitment to developing the City’s deep-water commercial port.  Investors and developers are finally beginning to grow the City’s limited tax base.  Having an ill-conceived federal proposal like the Kenyon By-pass looming over the City will negatively impact future development.  New London is hopeful that the FRA will work more closely with the municipalities in Southeastern Connecticut to develop an alternative proposal that would protect New London and the other communities impacted by the Kenyon By-pass while still meeting the infrastructure improvements needed for the Northeast Corridor. Proposed Joint House Resolution 54 will greatly help our efforts to influence the FRA in this matter.

Thanks to New London Mayor Michael Passero for prepared remarks, which he presented well to the transportation committee yesterday in Hartford.

February 6, 2017

Testimony by Mayor Michael Passero on Proposed Joint House Resolution 54

On behalf of the City of New London, I submit the following testimony regarding the Northeast East Corridor (NEC) Future Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), specifically regarding the proposed Kenyon By-pass.

The City of New London clearly understands and appreciates the purpose and need for the NEC FUTURE program, and while my City fully supports improved rail service and performance throughout the Northeast Corridor and affirms that the Northeast Corridor is critical to the future economic growth of this part of the Country, we are concerned that the Kenyon By-pass alternative will have greater adverse impacts upon the City of New London than the predicted economic growth opportunities.

The FRA election to include the so-called Kenyon By-pass will disrupt existing land uses, have an adverse impact on environmental resources, and potentially reduce the number of intercity and regional trains having stops in New London and along the existing shoreline route.

The proposed section of new rail bed that cuts through New London would be especially devastating to my city. The City of New London has approximately 5.67 square miles of land and, of that small area, nearly 50% of the land is non-taxable. New London’s commercially developed land area comprises only 270 acres, approximately 7.3% of its total land. The City is one of the most densely populated cities in the State of Connecticut and provides all the municipal services of much larger cities. As such, the City struggles to maintain vital municipal services while keeping the tax burden to its property owners from being uncompetitively high. The proposed Kenyon By-pass would create a new rail corridor through New London that would wipe out a significant portion of existing tax generating property. New London simply cannot afford to lose any more taxable land.

Additionally, the Kenyon By-pass proposal circumvents the current Union Train Station in downtown New London. This train station stop is vital to our existing transportation needs, the needs of the region, and our Transit Oriented Development initiatives. It is also hugely important to the successful development and sustainability of the future $100 million National Coast Guard Museum to be located directly adjacent to and connected to Union Station. Any significant reduction in the number of passengers and train stops at this station will assuredly impact the City’s growth.

New London has begun to rebound economically with the government’s renewed investment in submarine construction and the State’s commitment to developing the City’s deep-water commercial port. Investors and developers are finally beginning to grow the City’s limited tax base. Having an ill-conceived federal proposal like the Kenyon By-pass looming over the City will negatively impact future development. New London is hopeful that the FRA will work more closely with the municipalities in Southeastern Connecticut to develop an alternative proposal that would protect New London and the other communities impacted by the Kenyon By-pass while still meeting the infrastructure improvements needed for the Northeast Corridor. Proposed Joint House Resolution 54 will greatly help our efforts to influence the FRA in this matter.
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2 weeks ago

Join Senator Blumenthal, Representative Courtney, State Sen. Heather Somers, State Sen. Paul Formica, State Rep. Devin Carney, Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons,  Greg Stroud of SECoast and CT Trust, and others as we RALLY THIS SATURDAY To Help Stop the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass!

When: Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT (gather at the Caboose in the north end of the parking lot)

For more information contact Stephenbessette@gmail.com

Join Senator Blumenthal, Representative Courtney, State Sen. Heather Somers, State Sen. Paul Formica, State Rep. Devin Carney, Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons, Greg Stroud of SECoast and CT Trust, and others as we RALLY THIS SATURDAY To Help Stop the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass!

When: Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT (gather at the Caboose in the north end of the parking lot)

For more information contact Stephenbessette@gmail.com
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3 weeks ago

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Sandra-Lee BuckleyLet's all protest. At least this is worth protesting for.

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Stephen BessetteListen today at 7:35 am on 94.9 FM as Greg Stroud is a guest on the Lee Elsi show.

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Anne Nelsonthe chances of this being done in this economic climate are probably non-existent. There are much more important issues facing our country right now like our freedoms and rights.

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Jennifer CaulfieldWe will be there. If the viability of our historic town of Old Lyme as well as the Shoreline communities negatively affected by this proposal is important to you - SHOW UP PLEASE!

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Sylvia MclaughlinStop em Scott!!!

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Peter LoscoeCome on...really, where were all these asshats when we were taking people's houses in Fort Trumbull.

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David LarsonI plan to be there!

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Barbara ObrienThat's something to protest

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Ben HullI will plan to be there also. 🙂

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Paul SankowChoo Choo

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Kathleen SullivanI am going to make every effort to come and support!

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Danielle HunterMy family heading over from Hodges Square.

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Catherine M. FoleyI wish I could join you. Although I will be out of state, I will be with you all in spirit.

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Debbie StollenwerckI look forward to the day when I can raise my voice *for* something. *This* we all must protest. Be there....

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Sandra-Lee BuckleyJust let us know what we can do to try to stop this.

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Carol CapozzoliWe 3 are coming!!!

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Jo HereIs there a detailed map of the plan??

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Dolores GreenDefinitely need to STOP this ridiculous high speed rail from whipping out our towns and lively hood Why not update the existing rails and build their new bridges.

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Dolores GreenRemember the "little pink house " ...

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Jesse BrownEX-Representative Courtney,

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Jesse BrownAMTRAK HAS DESTROYED WATERFRONTS ACROSS THE EASTERN SEA BOARD AND DONT ALLOW CROSS TRACK USE #NOTOURLANDAMTRAK

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James HamptonWhat's wrong with this project?

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James HamptonWhat are the impacts?

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Please voice your support for two bills which will help us oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass, by forcing local referenda 

How? Either come to the hearing in Hartford on Monday, or email TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov Please be sure to state your name and mention S.B. 253 and 263 and PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!

Please voice your support for two bills which will help us oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass, by forcing local referenda

How? Either come to the hearing in Hartford on Monday, or email TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov Please be sure to state your name and mention "S.B. 253 and 263" and PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!
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Robin BreedingDone! Resolution and 2 Bills. Today is the day to get those testimony letters in! Only takes a few minutes.

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Brenda SchackDone

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Please support this resolution to oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass! How? Either come to the hearing in Hartford on Monday, or email TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov  Please be sure to state your name and mention H.J. No. 54  and PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!

Please support this resolution to oppose the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass! How? Either come to the hearing in Hartford on Monday, or email TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov Please be sure to state your name and mention "H.J. No. 54" and PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I contacted the Acting Chief Counsel at FRA, among others, to clarify the significance of the January 31 deadline. I realize this is a lingering question for many of you.

In particular, I sought to clarify whether there was a legal or functional distinction between submitting comments during the waiting period, ending January 31, or after the waiting period and before the Record of Decision, expected no earlier than March 1.

I spoke with Rebecca Blatnica, one of the key officials on this issue, by phone. She was clear that there was no functional or legal difference, given that this was technically not a comment
period. The waiting period was simply statutory, and they reserve the right to issue a ROD at any time after today.

She also confirmed that the FRA intends to reach a Record of Decision "as soon as possible," but does not expect one before March 1. She did not recommend waiting until the last minute.
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NBC Connecticut's Heather Burian interviews Museum Director Jeff Andersen about the FRA rail proposal. Watch Heather's full report at 5:30pm. Town of Old Lyme Bonnie Reemsnyder SECoast

4 weeks ago

New London Landmarks adds their voice to the strong stand taken by New London Mayor Michael Passero against the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. A well-written letter, and an important reminder of the potential impacts to an anchoring community for the southeastern Connecticut coast.

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New London Landmarks adds their voice to the strong stand taken by New London Mayor Michael Passero against the Kenyon to Old Saybrook Bypass. A well-written letter, and an important reminder of the potential impacts to an anchoring community for the southeastern Connecticut coast.
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If you can do one thing for us today, it is to call your representatives in Rhode Island, and tell them that you strongly support Governor Raimondo on dropping the bypass. TODAY. Share this message. Make this call.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: (401) 453-5294
Senator Jack Reed: (401) 528-5200
Congressman Jim Langevin: (401) 732-9400
Congressman David Cicilline: (401) 729-5600
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4 weeks ago

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Eileen Lee SingerTerrific! Thanks for the info!

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Joanne LappDefinately, watched the town hall mtg in Charlestown, horrible that the feds think they can march through all protected "forever" territiory!

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Daneen RothDottie Carrier and family

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