Thursday, February 23, 2017

Connecticut bond commission approves additional funds for NHHS rail program

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Crews Installing snow melter cables along the rail line in Wallingford. Crews Installing snow melter cables along the rail line in Wallingford. Connecticut Department of Transportation

The Connecticut State Bond Commission approved an additional $50 million in funding for the New-Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program.

The funds, approved at the Feb. 1, 2017 meeting, will support the design and environmental permitting for new CTrail Hartford Line stations in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Enfield as well as 7.5 miles of double track from Windsor to Enfield. Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) also says the funding will support the construction of approximately four miles of double track between Hartford and Windsor, which is currently underway.

CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said, "The funding approved by the State Bond Commission reinforces our State's continued commitment to providing new regional passenger rail service on the Hartford Line, which will become the newest component of a robust and vibrant multi-modal regional transportation system."

Scheduled to launch in 2018, the CTrail Hartford Line will offer more frequent, convenient and faster passenger rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield by 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. The majority of the existing rail stations will be replaced and several new stations will be built. The expanded service and new stations are expected to increase ridership, improve the high speed and passenger rail system serving the northeast, expand intermodal transportation options, encourage economic development and create more livable and sustainable communities.

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