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Danbury-Norwalk Train Cut Not Off the Table Yet

Layoff notices sent to some state government employees earlier this week were being rescinded, a state spokesman said. But it's too early to tell what will happen with the proposed elimination of the Danbury branch of Metro-North Railroad.

"There's still a much smaller hole that's left to be filled," Juliet Manalan, press secretary to Gov. Dannel Malloy, said in reference to the $400 million in cuts that are still needed to balance the state budget. Dropping Metro-North service on the Danbury branch, which runs between South Norwalk and Danbury with stops in Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Bethel, is part of the "Plan B" list that was presented to Malloy early this week by the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, as required by state statutes. "Nothing on the original Plan B list of options is off the table until we know what the next round of options could be for the $400 million that's left," Manalan said.

Malloy is taking the weekend off after "working nonstop" for four months, she said. "We're going to have to wait until Monday," she said. "At that point, once he gets his head wrapped around what this means to programs and services, we will have a better idea what the next set of details looks like."

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