Advocates Press for Change on Waterbury Rail Line

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) -
A Metro-North train crosses the Naugatuck River in Waterbury, Conn., after leaving the Waterbury station. (Flickr)
A Metro-North train crosses the Naugatuck River in Waterbury, Conn., after leaving the Waterbury station. (Flickr)

Commuter advocates who ride Metro-North Railroad continue to press for improvements on the Waterbury branch line.

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council sponsored a commuter forum for Waterbury branch riders Thursday evening at the Naugatuck Historical Society at the Naugatuck Train Station.

The session is intended to bring together commuters and representatives of the state Department of Transportation and Metro North. Advocates say ridership has more than doubled in the past decade while the quality of service has lagged.

In July, Metro-North appointed an advocate to pay particular attention to the Waterbury branch. The 27-mile-long line shuttles commuters to the main New Haven line linking Connecticut to New York City.