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Lake Shore Limited

Springfield

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Amtrak
Amtrak
Lake Shore Limited

Massachusetts

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Enfield

in design

Windsor Locks

Windsor

Hartford

West Hartford

in design

Newington

proposed

Berlin

Meriden

Wallingford

North Haven

in design

Hamden

proposed

Amtrak
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Shore Line East

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State Street

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Union Station

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The Hartford Line[2] is a planned commuter rail service between New Haven, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts. It will use Amtrak's New Haven–Springfield Line
New Haven–Springfield Line
and supplement existing intercity rail services between the two cities. The project is a joint venture between the states of Connecticut
Connecticut
and Massachusetts
Massachusetts
with support from the federal government as well. The service is expected to begin in May 2018.[1]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Background 1.2 Current plan 1.3 Funding 1.4 Construction

2 Operation

2.1 Rolling stock

3 Station stops 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

History[edit] Background[edit] During the mid-1980s, because of the high cost of operating the line, Amtrak
Amtrak
removed 25 miles (40 km) of track, turning the line from a double-track line to a line with a single track with passing sidings.[3][4] In 1994, the Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation conducted a feasibility study for a New Haven–Hartford service which envisaged three trips in the morning and three in the afternoon. It estimated that capital costs would be $4.4 million and that it would require an annual subsidy of $2.5 million. Ridership was projected at 1,000 per day. A revised and expanded proposal in 2001 contemplated service to Springfield and hourly service, with half-hourly service during peak periods. This would require $249 million in capital costs, both for rolling stock and to restore double tracking to the line. The service would require a yearly subsidy of $13 million but would carry 1,800–2,000 passengers daily.[5] Various delays have prevented the establishment of this service. One source of delay for re-establishment of this commuter rail line was lack of widespread support in the New Haven region. Although reestablishing this service was briefly mentioned in the South Central Regional Council of Government's January 2001 Long Range Mobility Plan[6] it was not until 2003 that this commuter service provision began to consistently listed among key transportation priorities in the annual Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda.[7] The New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study, released in 2005 by ConnDOT, recommended half-hour peak service, with new stations at North Haven/Hamden, Newington, and Enfield. No action was taken following the study, as proposed schedules did not link well with those of the New Haven Line
New Haven Line
and ridership projections were low (particularly for northbound morning and southbound evening trips).[8] Current plan[edit] The plan calls for the improvement of existing stations and the construction of new stations along the line. To facilitate frequent and bi-directional service, the line will incorporate newly installed double track totaling 27 miles (43 km)[9] as well as 2 miles (3.2 km) of new passing sidings. Five new interlockings will be built, and new signal systems will be installed, including the installation of Positive Train Control. Bridges and culverts on the line will be repaired, rehabilitated or replaced.[3] In May 2018, when CTrail Hartford Line
Hartford Line
service begins, the number of trains on the corridor will increase from 6 to 17 daily round-trips between New Haven and Hartford. There will be 12 trains providing continuing service to Springfield. Service will be expanded to 25 daily round-trips with 30 minute peak and 60 minute off-peak service when all the planned improvements are completed. Speeds of up to 110 mph (180 km/h) will be achieved, resulting in the saving of 37 minutes between Hartford and New York's Penn Station.[10] Funding[edit] In January 2010, $40 million of stimulus funds were approved to double-track 10.5 miles (16.9 km) of the corridor under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.[11][12] In July 2010, Governor Jodi Rell
Jodi Rell
asked the Connecticut
Connecticut
State Bond Commission to authorize borrowing $260 million in an effort to attract additional federal matching funds, to double-track the remainder of the corridor, construct freight sidings, and improve signaling. These upgrades, together with new rolling stock, should allow for two-way service during peak hours at speeds of up to 110 miles per hour (180 km/h).[13] On August 17, 2010, Connecticut
Connecticut
lawmakers authorized borrowing the $260 million.[14] On October 25, 2010, Governor Rell announced that Connecticut
Connecticut
received an additional $120.9 million in funds from the federal government to fund the double tracking of the remainder of the line south of Hartford as well as station improvements in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin and Hartford.[15]

Construction of pedestrian bridge and new platforms at Berlin station in December 2015

As of April 2011, Connecticut
Connecticut
State officials had applied for $227 million from the federal government that would complete track improvements between Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts. ConnDOT applied for the money to the Federal Railroad Administration, part of $2.4 billion that the governor of Florida rejected because of the spending it would require from his budget.[16] In May 2011, Connecticut
Connecticut
was awarded $30 million for track improvements in Hartford. On August 15, 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration granted a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the line's environmental assessment, a major step towards the obligation of $121 million in federal funding for the line.[17] In February 2017, the state approved an additional $50 million in bonded funds for the project. The money will support design of the rebuilt Windsor and Windsor Locks stations and of the new stations at North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, and Enfield. It will also complete funding for four miles (6.4 km) of double track being added north of Hartford, and pay for design and environmental permitting for an additional 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of double track between Hartford and Enfield.[18][19] If further funding is found to build these additional miles, it would complete the double-tracking of the line except for downtown Hartford and the aging Warehouse Point railroad bridge.[20] The state still intends to seek Federal Railroad Administration funds to pay for construction of the new and rebuilt stations, the replacement of the Warehouse Point bridge, and a layover yard near Springfield.[3][21] The budgeted funds for the Connecticut
Connecticut
portion to date total $769.1 million, of which $204 million has come from the Federal sources ($190.9 million from the Federal Railroad Administration and $13.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration) and the balance from the state of Connecticut.[22] Construction[edit]

Second platform at State Street under construction in December 2016

In 2015, major construction commenced at the four stations in Berlin, Meriden, Wallingford, and Hartford.[23] On August 3, 2015, Amtrak began busing its weekday morning and evening Shuttle trains to allow double tracking work to begin.[24] In December 2015, the state announced that the cost of construction had increased by $135 million for a total of $570 million, and that service would not begin until January 2018.[25] In July 2016, work began at the New Haven State Street station
New Haven State Street station
on a new high-level platform.[26] In August 2016, a new 260 foot, high-level platform was put into service at Hartford.[26] The platform was constructed on the existing low-level platform.[23] On October 11, 2016, a 17-car track-laying train began work to built the second track on the southern half of the line. The train laid track from North Haven to Meriden in October 2016, and returned for Meriden to Newington in 2017.[27] In 2017, the start date was pushed to May 2018 to accommodate construction of the new double track north of Hartford.[28][1] The new Wallingford station replaced the old station on November 6, 2017.[29] The rebuilt Meriden station
Meriden station
opened on November 19, 2017,[30] though final construction continued through December 18, 2017.[9] As of January 17, 2018[update], 26 out of 27 miles (42 out of 43 km) of double track have been installed between North Haven and Windsor. Trains are now running on both tracks between New Haven and Berlin, and double tracking is expected to be operational to Hartford in early 2018. Remaining track work in Windsor, including resurfacing and signal installation, is expected to start in January 2018 and be completed by the start of service in May 2018. All railroad crossing improvements have been completed aside from work in Windsor, which is expected to be completed by spring 2018.[9] Operation[edit] Connecticut
Connecticut
Governor Dannel Malloy
Dannel Malloy
announced on July 24, 2017 that TransitAmerica Services
TransitAmerica Services
and Alternate Concepts Inc., operating as a joint venture, won a 5-year $45 million contract to operate the Hartford Line.[1] On October 23, 2017, the state announced its proposed fares, with a trip from New Haven to Hartford priced at $8 and from New Haven to Springfield at $12.75, both roughly half as much as Amtrak; discounts for bulk purchases of tickets and commuter passes are also offered.[31] Connecticut
Connecticut
DOT will provide eight dedicated round trip commuter trains on weekdays under its new CTrail branding that will be operated by its new contractor. Five of these will terminate at Hartford, with the remaining three continuing north to terminate in Springfield. Additionally, Amtrak
Amtrak
will be adding three Shuttle round trips on top of its current six round trips between New Haven and Springfield. The state is currently in negotiations with Amtrak
Amtrak
for a joint ticketing arrangement that would allow Hartford Line
Hartford Line
customers to board certain Amtrak
Amtrak
trains. Altogether there will be seventeen round trips between New Haven and Hartford, with twelve of them operating the full line to Springfield. On weekends and holidays, CTrail will operate four New Haven–Hartford round trips and two New Haven–Springfield round trips. Amtrak
Amtrak
will continue to offer its existing weekend service with some minor schedule changes.[32] Qualification runs to train crews were performed over the weekends of March 9 and 16, 2018 with a Shore Line East
Shore Line East
trainset.[33][34] Rolling stock[edit] Amtrak
Amtrak
operates current intercity on the line with GE Genesis
GE Genesis
diesel locomotives, Amfleet
Amfleet
coaches and ex-Metroliner cab cars. In December 2017, the state signed an agreement to lease 16 MBB coaches from the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority for three years, at a cost of $4.54 million, with options to extend the lease for up to three more years.[35] The railcars required significant repair and repainting before entering service, leading the Connecticut
Connecticut
DoT to request $2.3 million from the state legislature in April 2018.[35] Connecticut
Connecticut
plans to buy new equipment for the Hartford Line, as a bulk purchase with Metro-North Railroad's Danbury and Waterbury branches, after about five years of operation.[21] Station stops[edit]

Milepost Station Hartford Line in service date Connections

0 Springfield Union Station 2018 Amtrak: Lake Shore Limited, Northeast Regional, Vermonter PVTA Greyhound Lines Peter Pan Bus Lines

7.9 Enfield in design Enfield Magic Carpet Bus

14.6 Windsor Locks 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter

19.1 Windsor 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional CT Transit Hartford

25.3 Hartford Union Station 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter CTfastrak CT Transit Hartford Greyhound Lines Peter Pan Bus Lines

28.6 West Hartford in design CTfastrak

30.2 Newington proposed CTfastrak

35.9 Berlin 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter

43.3 Meriden Transit Center 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter

49.0 Wallingford 2018 Amtrak: Northeast Regional, Vermonter

55.6 North Haven in design

Hamden proposed

61.4 New Haven State Street Station 2018 Shore Line East MetroNorth: New Haven Line CT Transit New Haven

62.0 New Haven Union Station 2018 Amtrak: Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Vermonter Shore Line East MetroNorth: New Haven Line CT Transit New Haven Greyhound Lines Megabus Peter Pan Bus Lines Yale University
Yale University
Shuttle

References[edit]

^ a b c d "Gov. Malloy Announces TransitAmerica Services
TransitAmerica Services
and Alternate Concepts Selected as Service Provider for the Hartford Line". The Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The State of Connecticut. Retrieved July 24, 2017.  ^ "Gov. Malloy Announced Three New Train Stations as Part of NHHS Rail Program" (Press release). Hartford, Connecticut: State of Connecticut, Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.  ^ a b c "New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Rail Program: Objectives & Scope". New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Rail Program. Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 26, 2017.  ^ Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. p. 78. ISBN 0942147022.  ^ Fazzalaro, James J. (January 16, 2001). "New Haven-Hartford and Waterbury-Hartford Rail Service Proposals". Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved October 25, 2014.  ^ South Central Regional Council of Governments Mobility, A Transportation Plan for the Year 2020 page 8 ^ Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda booklets 1997 p. 7, 1999 p.7, 2000 pp. 9,10, 2002 p. 14, 2003 p.6, 2004 p. 6, 2006 p. 2 ^ Wilbur Smith Associates (2005). "Recommended Action" (PDF). New Haven Hartford Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study. Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 3, 2014.  ^ a b c "Winter 2018 Newsletter" (PDF). NHHS Rail Program. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2018.  ^ "Program Benefits" (PDF). NHHS Rail Program. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.  ^ "After Feds Put Connecticut
Connecticut
Rail Plan On Slow Track, State Will Seek More Funds". Hartford Courant. January 31, 2010.  ^ "HSIPR Funding by Region". Federal Railroad Administration. Retrieved April 2, 2018.  ^ "Gov. M. Jodi Rell
Jodi Rell
seeks state OK to borrow $260 million to push high-speed rail". Stamford Advocate.  ^ "State OKs $260 Million To Pay For Commuter Rail System". The Hartford Courant.  ^ "Governor Rell: Connecticut
Connecticut
Wins $120 Million for New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project" (Press release). Office of Governor Jodi Rell. October 25, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2018.  ^ Stannard, Ed (April 6, 2011). "Conn. seeks funds for rail work on Hartford-to-Springfield line (document)". New Haven Register.  ^ "Environmental Assessment". NHHS Rail Program. Retrieved August 21, 2012.  ^ "CTDOT Announces $50 Million In Additional Funding For NHHS Rail Program" (Press release). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. February 20, 2017.  ^ Stacom, Don (February 21, 2017). " Hartford Line
Hartford Line
From Hartford To Springfield, Mass. Gets $50 Million In Bonding". Hartford Courant. Retrieved March 21, 2017.  ^ "Appendix 6: New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program Track Chart" (PDF). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. January 2012.  ^ a b Stacom, Don (February 18, 2017). "Hartford Rail Line On Track Despite Connecticut
Connecticut
Budget Crisis". Hartford Courant. Retrieved February 18, 2017.  ^ "Objectives & Scope: Funding". NHHS Rail Program. Connecticut DOT. Retrieved October 17, 2017.  ^ a b "New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Rail Program Stations Factsheet" (PDF). NHHS Rail Program. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.  ^ " Amtrak
Amtrak
Begins Substitute Bus Operation to Facilitate Construction on Hartford Line" (Press release). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.  ^ Stacom, Don (December 4, 2015). "Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 4, 2015.  ^ a b "Fall 2016 Newsletter" (PDF). NHHS Rail Program. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.  ^ Stacom, Don (October 11, 2016). "17-Car Construction Train Works Its Way North, Laying Track On Hartford Line". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 12, 2016.  ^ "Summer 2017 Newsletter" (PDF). NHHS Rail Program. Summer 2017. p. 2.  ^ "Gov. Malloy Announces Opening of New Train Station in Wallingford That Will Serve the Hartford Line" (Press release). Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. November 6, 2017.  ^ "CTrail Hartford Line
Hartford Line
Meriden Station Opens Platforms and Pedestrian Bridge" (Press release). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. November 19, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.  ^ "$8 To New Haven: DOT Announces Proposed Fares For Hartford Line". Hartford Courant. October 23, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2018.  ^ "CTrail Hartford Line
Hartford Line
Proposed Schedules" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. October 23, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.  ^ @NHHSRail (March 12, 2018). "The CTDOT is gearing up for May launch of the CTrail Hartford Line
Hartford Line
passenger rail service! Qualification runs began last weekend and will occur this coming weekend along the corridor" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via Twitter.  ^ @NHHSRail (March 13, 2018). "For the Hartford Line's service launch, CTDOT is leasing legacy Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm
(MBB) coaches from the Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The SLE train used last weekend was for testing and training purposes only" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via Twitter.  ^ a b "Rail Car Repairs, Leasing Issues Put Hartford Line
Hartford Line
Start Date in Doubt". Hartford Courant. April 4, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation (March 2011). New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project: Service Development Plan (PDF) (Report). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation.  Wilburn Smith Associates (June 2005). New Haven–Hartford–Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study (PDF) (Report). Connecticut
Connecticut
Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2016. 

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