Connecticut to operate five days of simulated CTrail schedules

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Transportation will run five days of simulated operations in anticipation of the startup of its long-awaited CTrail Hartford Line train service, planned for June 16.

Beginning June 9, CTrail operators TransitAmerica and Alternate Concepts Inc. will run trains on the 62-mile New Haven-Springfield, Mass., line following the soon-to-be implemented Saturday schedule. These trains will not carry passengers, however. CTrail trains will also operate the following day on the Sunday schedule, and will run a full weekday schedule on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Amtrak, which owns the line, also will run all of its own trains on these days, and will carry passengers.

Transit America train crews have been operating familiarization runs over the route since March.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled at Hartford Union Station at on June 15. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has championed this project throughout his two terms in office, reportedly will ride a CTrail train to the ceremony.

The state will offer free rides on regularly scheduled trains over the weekend of June 16-17. When full weekday revenue service begins on June 18, 17 passenger round trips, nine Amtrak and eight CTrail, will operate between New Haven and Hartford. Twelve of those round trips will also operate north of Hartford to Springfield.

The full schedule is available at www.hartfordline.com.

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