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Commuter rail project could be delayed

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A plan to unite some of the state’s major cities may be delayed.

The state has been working to build a commuter line that would connect Hartford, New Haven and several other towns.

The commuter rail is set to open late next year but the governor said part of the issue is figuring out who is going to pay for it.

In the state, bus and car are two of the main ways to get around the state.

“The bus system is great system to use. I know a lot of people who ride the bus,” said Matt Sirois of Southington.

While some have access to a train, Gov. Dannel Malloy said he wants to expand access to train service along I-91 by the end of 2016.

“I totally would use it. I think it's such a great idea,” said Dan Rubenbauer of Hartford.

On Monday, Malloy said the project is slowly getting off track.

“This is 62 miles of track that's fallen into great disrepair under the ownership of Amtrak,” Malloy said.

He added that he reached out to the Department of Transportation for help.

“We’re a little frustrated that they as my letter said were putting impediments into getting the track rebuilt,” Malloy said.

The other question that looms is who would be in charge of running the new commuter train, such as Amtrak, Metro North or a private company.

No decision has been made on who would oversee the day-to-day operations of the commuter rail.

Malloy said he should have an answer within the next 30 days on what the DOT decides.

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