The Federal Transit Administration has announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive $29.6 million to make the Waterbury Branch Line railroad stations in Ansonia, Beacon Falls and Seymour fully accessible for passengers with disabilities. The planned improvements to the century-old stations include building high-level rail platforms and installing handrails. Funding for the work is coming through the FTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program.

Poor handicapped accessibility and a lack of high-level boarding platforms have been identified as issues that hinder use of the Waterbury Branch Line. Those and other problems are discussed in a draft report of NVCOG’s Route 8 & Waterbury Branch Line Corridor/Alternative Modes Study.