Connecticut commuter rail service to launch June 16

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An empty sign board marks the future station in Wallingford in July 2017.
Scott A. Hartley
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Transportation will launch the Hartford Line rail service with an inaugural event on June 15. Following the special event, free weekend train service will operate on June 16 and 17. Full weekday service will begin on June 18 with trains running about every 45 minutes during the morning and evening peak periods. A total of 17 trains a day will operate between New Haven and Hartford and 12 trains will operate daily between Hartford and Springfield, Mass. The line will provide direct or connecting service to New York City, Boston, and Vermont.

“This expanded service will transform travel options in the corridor between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts, and it will be a catalyst for economic development, and business and recreational travel,” CDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker says. “Getting new service on this line has been a monumental undertaking that has taken years of intense coordination to ensure the successful opening of service. I want to commend the team that has made this a reality. Even before the commencement of service, the state’s investment has already attracted new commercial and residential development and has become the latest engine driving Connecticut’s economy.”

CTDOT managed the full reconstruction of the rail line, including all new ballast, track, bridges, culverts, signals, and grade crossings. New stations and parking have been constructed in Wallingford, Meriden, and Berlin. Trains will be able to operate at speeds as high as 110 mph, and a trip from Springfield to New Haven will take 81 minutes. The project was financed by three federal grants and state funds.

“The Hartford Line will provide the most frequent train service delivered to date under the Federal Railroad Administration intercity passenger rail grant programs begun in the Obama administration. I commend the team at the DOT for the extraordinary job they have done to make what was once just a dream become a reality," Redeker adds. “The delivery of this new rail service is a model for the country and Connecticut should take immense pride in this achievement and celebrate not just the completion of the construction, but the beginning of a bright new transportation and economic development future for the state.”

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