The Congregational Church in the historic district of Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Photo by Ryan Caron King for WNPR

Residents in Connecticut and Rhode Island’s coastal communities are cheering the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to back away from a controversial rail plan that would have re-routed a section of the Northeast Corridor through historic towns and important ecosystems along New England’s southern coast.

Communities in the two states were critical of earlier plans to change the railroad, claiming new routes would cut through protected areas.

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