AREAWIDE – Vin Pacileo, Republican candidate for the 36th State House District, today announced his endorsement of the Rails to Trails proposal that would convert approximately 9.25 miles of Connecticut Valley Railroad track – running from Eagle Landing State Park in Tylerville north to Maromos in Middletown – to a multi-purpose trail that would be open to the public. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) leases this stretch of track to the Valley Railroad.
Speaking in support of the proposal, Pacileo said, “It is a goal of my campaign to create an environment of opportunity for individuals, families, and business owners throughout the 36th District. This is an excellent example of local residents driving an idea that will bring substantial benefits to the community. It is because of their demonstrated robust enthusiasm for the project that I know it will continue to gain momentum for success.”
“For many years, my family has enjoyed the year-round experiences that the Valley Railroad provides, particularly the unique riverfront views. We are all vested in its continued success as a destination for residents and visitors and must work cooperatively with the Valley Railroad by sustaining an ongoing dialogue that includes sound business planning. Using this approach, the Rails to Trails proposal is not only compatible with the Valley Railroad’s goals, but will enhance their operations as well. This is accomplished by generating more diverse marketing prospects while expanding ridership to bikers, hikers and those interested in exploring this portion of the Connecticut River and the Lower Connecticut River Valley.”
Pacileo continued, “The portion of track under consideration has remained unused for decades and is in disrepair. It is neither a sound business decision nor a practical application to use this track for freight or passenger traffic. As a result, the Rails to Trails proposal will provide a unique opportunity to bring both environmental and economic benefits to Haddam and the entire 36th District. If we work together, we can make this vision a reality.”
The 36th Assembly District is comprised of the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam.