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First Connecticut Passenger Rail Line Since 1990; Almost 22,000 Rides on Opening Weekend

The CTrail Hartford Line, the first passenger rail line to open in Connecticut since 1990, provided almost 22,000 rides during its opening weekend, June 16-17, when the service operated free. Revenue service began June 18.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, “There’s undoubtedly a sense of excitement about this long-overdue train service. We also recognize that a new rail line like this takes time to grow and become part of the everyday lives of the residents of central Connecticut. This weekend showed that the potential is there. What we must remember is that this is not just about transit, it’s about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit and do business.”

Connecticut DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said, “People were making trips to numerous activities that were happening throughout the region this weekend … or just taking the opportunity to take a round trip to experience the new service.” He noted that Connecticut DOT added trains and buses to accommodate riders on the system.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, fourth from right, and Connecticut DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker, third from right, joined other state officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the New Haven Station before boarding CTrail to Hartford.

Throughout the weekend, Connecticut DOT employees greeted and assisted the thousands of customers at stations up and down the line, which connects New Haven, CT, and Springfield, MA.

In advance of the opening, Malloy boarded a train in New Haven and traveled to Hartford’s Union Station, where the main ribbon-cutting ceremony was held. A second train carrying Massachusetts officials departed Springfield and arrived in Hartford for the ceremony.

The trains run approximately every 45 minutes during the morning and evening peak periods, with connections to other commuter lines and Amtrak. CTtransit local bus service is available at most stations along the line and riders can connect to the CTfastrak BRT system in Hartford.
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