CTrail line sees 69,000 riders in first six weeks

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A CTrail train stops in Windsor, Conn. The new service attracted 69,000 riders in its first six weeks.
Scott A. Hartley

HARTFORD, Conn. — More than 69,000 people climbed aboard CTrail’s new Hartford Line service during the first six weeks of operation, the Hartford Courant reports.

The service between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., started in June and attracted more than 49,000 riders in July alone. According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the new service has doubled ridership over July 2017 along the same route, when only Amtrak was operating trains between the two cities.

Officials say they believe ridership will continue to increase in the coming months.

“We are seeing not only strong demand for the service, but there has been a significant increase in economic development surrounding each station along the line,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says. “As with any new rail line, it will take time to fully mature and become part of the everyday lives of the residents in the Central Connecticut corridor, but what we are seeing will be critical to our growth over the coming years.”

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