Commuters, politicians and bureaucrats all said they want commuter train service between New Haven and Springfield, Mass. But will the train ever leave the station?

Sen. Chris Dodd came to Hartford Friday to talk about the possibility of a New Haven to Hartford to Springfield rail line. He said the New Haven station is the 12th busiest Amtrak facility in the country. He said the goal is to have eight stops along that line and he’s optimistic the high-speed rail line will become a reality under Amtrak’s new leadership.

Dodd also said he was more hopeful about obtaining federal funds for the project than he has been in the past.

Amtrak has owned and controlled the tracks between New Haven and Springfield since 1971. Amtrak officials are expected to meet May 14 with Connecticut and federal officials to discuss ways the commuter line could use the tracks without interrupting Amtrak service.

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