A massive machine currently laying tracks alongside the New Haven-to-Hartford passenger rail line will soon allow Connecticut to nearly triple the number of daily round trips between the two cities, Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced.
Economic growth and the reduction of vehicular traffic along the Interstate 91 corridor are among the anticipated benefits of the increased rail trips.
By the end of October, the 250-ton Track Construction Machine will have completed nearly nine miles of track between North Haven and Meriden, parallel to an existing single line currently used by Amtrak.
The machine will return in the spring to complete the 10-mile Meriden to Newington portion of what’s being called the CTrail Hartford Line.
Plans are by January 2018 to increase the number of daily round trips between New Haven and Hartford from six to 17, with stops in Wallingford, Meriden, and Berlin, and stations planned for West Hartford, Newington, and North Haven.
Plans are to increase the number of daily trips between New Haven and Hartford, with additional trains to Springfield.
The six trains now traveling between New Haven and Hartford are Amtrak intercity and regional trains.
"A modernized transportation system brings so many benefits to an area,” Malloy said. “High among them are the economic advantages that attract businesses and grows jobs.
"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."