Hartford Line commuter rail logoDOT Proposes Rates For Springfield to New Haven Rail

HARTFORD: The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the proposed fares for the upcoming CTrail Hartford Line rail service and a 35-day comment period.

CTrail and Amtrak trains will together offer 17 roundtrips along this corridor, the DOT Fare proposal does not effect Amtrak service operating on this rail line.

CTrail One way rates will be $12.75 from Springfield to New Haven, $8 between Hartford to New Haven. Amtrak least expensive rate for existing service currently runs  at $16 between Hartford and New Haven and $24,00 Springfield and New Haven.

The DOT will have a 35 day comment period on the rates beginning on October23CT’s fares  , which must meet Federal Transit Administration guidelines  that mandate fares be evaluated for “equity and do not pose a disproportionate burden on low-income populations or a disparate impact on minority populations in the public transit service area.”

Comments may be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and via US Mail to Hartford Line Comments, Bureau of Public Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546.  The SAFE analysis, service description, proposed fares, and related information can be reviewed on the CTDOT website at www.ct.gov/dot/hartfordlinecomments.

Individuals are encouraged to provide verbal or written comment at any of the Hartford Line Fare Hearings. The Fare Hearings will feature information about the upcoming CTrail Hartford Line service, its proposed fares, and the results of the SAFE Analysis. The Hartford Line Fare Hearings will occur the week of November 13th,  at the three (3) locations listed below:

Hearings:

New Haven

Monday, November 13, 5 to 8 PM

New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2

200 Orange Street

New Haven, CT 06510

           

Hartford, Connecticut

Tuesday, November 14, 4 to 7 PM

Capital Community College, Centinel Hill Hall

950 Main Street

Hartford,

           

Springfield, Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

60 Congress Street

Springfield, Massachusetts 01104

When Hartford Line service will beginsin 2018 17 roundtrip trains between New Haven and Hartford each weekday; 12 of these 17 roundtrips trains will continue to Springfield.  Travelers in New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, and Hartford will board trains every 45 minutes during the morning and evening peak hours, and approximately every 60 - 90 minutes during off-peak periods. Weekday service will begin as early as 6 AM and run as late as 11 PM, providing a convenient alternative to driving for people traveling to work, school, or for leisure throughout the corridor.

Hartford Line trains will operate at speeds up to 110 mph, reducing travel time between Springfield and New Haven from an average of 89 minutes to 81 minutes, a savings of 8 minutes. The Hartford Line will also provide direct or connecting rail service to New York City, Boston, and Vermont; and local connections to CTtransit and CTfastrak.

 

 

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