A second track between Hartford and Windsor on the CTrail Hartford Line has been completed and is open, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).
The opening of the second track signifies the completion of four miles of track construction as part of the current New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program. Some follow-up construction activity will be ongoing through mid-November. The Hartford Line opened in June. Construction of the line was managed by CTDOT and the project was financed with three federal grants and state funds.
CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker stated, “This is another milestone for the NHHS Rail Program and the Hartford Line service. It also represents another step closer towards the 2030 vision of expanded rail passenger service in New England.”
The new second track provides reliability allowing trains north of Hartford to pass each other quickly and efficiently. Officials explain that it provides additional rail capacity that benefits both passenger and freight service, further reducing potential delays.
Future phases of construction include installation of a second track between Windsor and Enfield, which is currently in design. It would connect with the existing double track between Enfield and Springfield. Also, CTDOT is in design for new stations in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Enfield, however, construction funding has yet to be secured. CTDOT continues to seek funds for construction of these stations, as well as for the second track between Windsor and Enfield.