Stamford Mayor David Martin will testify this Thursday at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. A press release from the mayor's office says Martin will speak on need for investments in rail infrastructure and the importance of rail to Stamford and the state. The New Haven rail line 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,” said Mayor Martin. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to testify and make a direct appeal for additional federal investment.”
According to the Senate Democratic Press Office, 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.