The CTDOT is again studying the $330M re-electrification project of Metro North's DANBURY BRANCH between Norwalk and Danbury. The 23.3 mile line has been de-electrified by the New Haven Railroad in 1960 after delivery of sixty EMD Dual Mode FL9 locomotives.
Also allegedy the DOT claims the line's stations at Ridgefield, Wilton and Redding are under used with most passengers from those stations driving to Main Line stations where these are faster, more frequent and direct trains into GCT. Also nearby New Cannan and Weston Stations on the New Cannan Branch are also more utilized.
Danbury Branch is the only former electrified branch to have never been upgraded and be re-electried and is also the second non-electrified branch than the Waterbury Branch between Bridgeport and Watrbury. Both offer limited seven day service opposed to what the New Haven (Main Line) Line has to offer.
-Jerome A. Rosenfeld-