Change Proposed Amtrak High Speed Line To Avoid Coastal CT Attractions

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The proposed new High-Speed Amtrak line wants to take travelers from Washington D.C. to New York City to Boston along the I-95 Corridor as an alternative to the Northeast Corridor rail system, which the Acela Express (155 m.p.h) currently travels on. The proposed line shows new high-speed lines being built in many areas throughout coastal Connecticut that would impede and destroy many beloved locations along the Connecticut shoreline. Such regions include Old Lyme Town Center and, most notably, Mystic's attractions such as Olde Mystick Village and the Mystic Aquarium. The changes were met with outcry from local residents, as it would create long-term and undesirable effects, such as a decrease in property value, or the loss of local attractions. In Old Lyme's instance, the town center would be completely changed to accommodate the new high speed lines. In Mystic's case, the high speed lines would result in the loss and destruction of many beloved tourist attractions, which the town of Mystic relies heavily on for income, and provides enjoyable attractions for residents and visitors alike. Without the construction of high-speed lines, which would only increase the top traveling speed by approximately 20-30 m.p.h, the areas effected by proposed Amtrak line would not have to worry about the negative effects of high speed lines. Without new rail lines, town would not need to worry about lost revenue or the loss of businesses and facilities to accommodate the rail extension. Lastly, the rail line would accommodate passengers which would not have interest in destinations such as Mystic or Old Lyme, making an alternative and more direct route preferable to travelers and local residents alike.

The included photo shows the current proposed high speed line released by Amtrak

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