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SPRINGFIELD, MA: The reality of train service from New Haven, to Springfield appears to get more real every day. In early February, the Springfield Mass. Development Authority unveiled the renovated Union Station. Springfield will host a black tie event for the public in June to celebrate the opening.

The massive once bustling transportation hub has been waiting silently for more than forty years to see a revival. A small portion of the station was used for Amtrak service.

The New CTrail Hartford Line rail service and the MGM Casino both helped bring new life to the building and a $94 million renovation.

First constructed in 1926 by the Boston & Albany Railroad to replace a smaller rail a facility and it was utilized by the New York, New Haven & Hartford, Central New England Railway and Boston & Maine railroads.

Connecticut’s Bond Commission approved $50 million also in February,for design and permitting of commuter stations from North Haven to Enfield. The new CTrail Hartford Line will launch in 2018 increasing the number of round trip trains from six daily Amtrak intercity and regional trains to a total of 17 round trip trains a day to Hartford, and 12 trains per day to Springfield.