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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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All Aboard! Senator Cassano Rides New Hartford Line Rail Service

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State Senator Steve Cassano (right) rides the inaugural Windsor to Hartford trip of the CTrail Hartford Line with Massachusetts 1st District Congressman Richard E. Neal. Cassano and Neal first met more than a decade ago while discussing New England transportation issues.

After riding the inaugural train from Windsor to Hartford, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) today joined hundreds of people at Union Station to celebrate the launch the new CTrail train line between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.; it is the first new passenger rail line to open in Connecticut in nearly 30 years.

With stops in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks, Hartford Line service begins regular operations tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, 2018, with free rides over the weekend for all commuters. Full, expanded weekday Hartford Line service begins on Monday, June 18, with trains running every 45 minutes during the morning and evening peak periods. Fares along the line vary depending on place of origin and destination; the fare between Hartford and New Haven is just $8.

“This new Hartford Line is going to be a huge convenience for people looking to get up and down between Hartford and New Haven, or between Springfield and New Haven, and also for those looking to connect with New York and Boston. And an $8 fare from Hartford to New Haven—you can’t beat that,” Sen. Cassano said. “I think the Hartford Line is going to be one more thing to attract millennials to the Hartford area, which is already one of the most popular cities in America with millennials. And I expect the rail line will see the same type of explosive growth in housing and retail development that we’ve seen with CTfastrak. It’s another great day for Connecticut.”

The new Hartford Line will run on 27 miles of new double-track along previously existing single-track sections, allowing more frequent trains to travel through the corridor. Additionally, new train stations were built in Wallingford, Meriden, and Berlin, and high-level platforms and other upgrades have been made at the Hartford and New Haven State Street stations.

The new Hartford Line is expected to being several benefits to Connecticut, including:

  • Millions of dollars in transit-oriented development
  • An annual reduction of some 1.5 million vehicles along the I-91 corridor
  • A savings of more than 3.5 million gallons of fuel annually
  • Estimated annual passenger trips of 700,000
  • Estimated construction and related jobs of 13,000

For information about the CTrail Hartford Line, visit www.hartfordline.com.

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