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Connecticut DOT Unveils Track Construction Machine; 'CT rail' Will Connect New Haven, Hartford, Springfield

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker recently unveiled the mammoth Track Construction Machine (TCM) being used to double-track portions of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) passenger rail line, now branded as the CTrail Hartford Line.

Building a second track parallel to the existing single track, currently used by Amtrak trains, will allow more frequent train service and more efficient movement when the CTrail Hartford Line enters operation in January 2018.

“We are excited to finally launch commuter rail service between New Haven, Hartford and our friends in Springfield, and state-of-the-art, 21st-­century machinery like this is helping keep us on schedule so we can begin service as soon as possible,” Malloy said. “We are committed to building a best-in-class transportation system for Connecticut’s residents, and the Hartford Line is one piece of this vision that will move us forward.”

Redeker added, “Launch of the Hartford Line will provide an opportunity for Connecticut to join in a regional vision to a make rail a more convenient and faster option for travelers.”

The 250-ton TCM is laying nearly nine miles of track between North Haven and Meriden. The project, which will take until early or mid-November to complete, will safely and efficiently lay new track without interfering with train traffic on the adjacent mainline track.

This marks the first time a TCM will be used to lay this length of track in Connecticut.

Connecticut DOT’s Track Construction Machine lays new track on the CTrail Hartford Line. See a one-minute video of the TCM in action here.

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