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Connecticut has been very successful to date in securing both Federal and state funding for the NHHS Rail Program. In 2009, Connecticut was awarded $40 million in Federal funding under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to add a second track (or “double track”) along a 10.5 mile segment of the NHHS corridor between Meriden and Newington. In 2010, Connecticut was awarded another $120.9 million for double tracking the remainder of the corridor south of Hartford as well as station improvements in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin and Hartford. In May 2011, Connecticut was awarded another $30 million for track improvements in Hartford. In addition, Connecticut has approved the use of up to $495 million in state bond proceeds to invest in NHHS Rail Corridor improvements. This represents a significant investment by the state in the Program and an important commitment to the future of this corridor. Additional funding will be required to complete the remainder of the improvements. Connecticut intends to aggressively pursue additional federal funding to support the full implementation of the Program.
The NHHS Rail Program consists of multiple state and federally funded components. The total project budget is currently estimated at $693.2 million.
These funding components are as follows:
|Funding Component||Location||Cost||Federal Share||State Share||Status|
|Phase I||Meriden-Newington||$147.7 million||$40.0 million||$107.7 million||Awarded and Obligated|
|Phase 2||New Haven-Hartford||$352.5 million||$120.9 million||$231.6 million||Awarded and Obligated|
|Phase 3A||Windsor||$121.8 million||$30.0 million||$91.8 million||Awarded and Obligated|
|State Street Station||New Haven||$17.5 million||$10.0 million||$7.5 million||Awarded and Obligated|
|Hartford Rail Alternatives Analysis||Hartford||$4.9 million||$3.9 million||$1.0 million||Awarded and Obligated|
|Meriden TOD & Other Costs||Various||$48.8 million||n/a||$48.8 million||Awarded and Obligated|
Connecticut intends to seek additional funding from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for future phases of the Program, which include the following improvements to the NHHS corridor: