STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford Mayor David Martin will testify Thursday at a U.S. Senate hearing on the importance of investing in rail infrastructure -- just days after a fire at a Cos Cob remote switching control house closed two Metro-North tracks through the area.
Martin will testify at the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. At the hearing, he will speak on need for investments in rail infrastructure and the importance of rail to Stamford and the state. The New Haven Line of Metro-North is the single busiest rail line in North America.
“The future of the New Haven Line is perhaps the single biggest factor affecting our future growth and success as a city. The decision to defer maintenance over the past several decades has resulted in a severely aged and failing infrastructure. It is critical that we make the investments necessary to support growing ridership and an expectation of safe and reliable service,” Martin said in a statement. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to testify and make a direct appeal for additional federal investment.”
The hearing will focus on the reauthorization of surface transportation programs and explore the impacts of transportation investments on states, local communities, and users of the transportation system. It will also highlight how transportation investments help drive the economy and create jobs.
Metro-North has been plagued with problems in the past year, including two derailments -- one with fatalities, service disruptions that have lasted weeks and constant complaints of late trains.
The hearing will be at 2:30 p.m. and the public can watch the hearing live on the Senate Commerce Committee website, located here: www.commerce.senate.gov .