DOT 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.”
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:
Monday, November 13, 5 to 8 PM
New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2
200 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Tuesday, November 14, 4 to 7 PM
Capital Community College, Centinel Hill Hall
950 Main Street
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.