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Senator to ride rails in Waterbury in the name of improvements

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

One of Connecticut's senators plans on riding the rails today to ask passengers about safety improvements.

Sen. Chris Murphy said he'll be joining riders of Metro-North's Waterbury branch line at 8:45 a.m. on Monday to learn what changes need to be made.

Mayors from Waterbury, Naugatuck, Ansonia and Derby along with the first selectman from Beacon Falls will also be on hand and will board from their respective municipalities.

The trip will go from Waterbury to Bridgeport.

Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation.

He said he's looking to hear about reliability and safety. He'll be handing out surveys to receive the feedback.

Once in Bridgeport, Murphy said he'll hold a news conference with the mayors and first selectman to discuss what he learned from passengers.

He'll also talk about efforts to secure federal funding for rail infrastructure and safety upgrades in southwestern Connecticut.

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