Murphy posts online survey on Waterbury train line

By:  Jim Shay
CT Post

If you missed U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy riding on the Waterbury Line on Monday, there’s another way to let him know what you think about Valley train service.

Murphy has an online survey with 10 questions, such as how often do you ride the branch line, how often do you experience delays and what ways service can be improved.

On Monday, Murphy rode the 22-mile branch line from Waterbury to Bridgeport to get riders’ comments on the line. The almost universal response was that more train service is needed on the line.

Murphy says he agrees with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan for $350 million to improve rail service between Bridgeport and Waterbury, which would include upgrades for signalization, grade crossings, sidings and station improvements.

“Here’s the simple reality on the Waterbury-to-Bridgeport branch line,” Murphy said at a press conference at the Bridgeport train station. “If you build it, riders will come. I heard over and over again from riders on this line today that they don’t use it because of its infrequency. And over and over again, people told me that if there was more regular service of trains leaving on the hour or the half-hour, they would be riding it twice as much.”