Study Area Definition

The study area corridor consists of 23.6 miles of existing rail line between Norwalk and Danbury, which is owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and 14 miles of existing rail line between Danbury and New Milford, which is owned by the Danbury Terminal Railroad (a subsidiary of the Housatonic Railroad Company) and the Housatonic Railroad Company.

The portion of the rail line between Norwalk and Danbury, the Danbury Branch Line, is a single track and operates south to north from the City of Norwalk, into Wilton, then Ridgefield, Redding, Bethel, and finally Danbury. Both passenger service, provided by Metro North, as well as freight service, although on a limited basis, operate on this branch.

On the portion of the rail line between Danbury and New Milford, the first three miles north of Danbury to Berkshire Junction is part of the Maybrook Branch, which is owned by the Danbury Terminal Railroad. This short section is double tracked and handles only freight traffic. The remaining 11 miles north of Berkshire Junction to New Milford is owned by the Housatonic Railroad company and contains a single track. Again, only freight service operates on this section of the rail line.

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