Conn. receives $120M for train service

Posted on October 2, 2012

The state of Connecticut will receive $120 million in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete construction on the Hartford segment of the New Haven to Springfield, Mass. passenger rail corridor.

Once the project is complete in 2016, 11 additional round-trip trains will travel between Hartford and New Haven, for a total of 17 trains traveling the line, compared to six today. 

Improvements to the corridor will reduce travel time between St. Albans, Vt. and New Haven, Conn., by more than one hour. The project involves installing 10 miles of double track, upgrading a signal system on a portion of the line, and making improvements at 28 road crossings. Thirteen bridges and culverts will be repaired or replaced, and four Amtrak stations will receive new, high-level, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant platforms with overhead pedestrian walkways and newly expanded parking areas for rail customers. 

The improved corridor between Springfield and New Haven is part of an extensive plan developed by Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Amtrak to dramatically transform passenger rail service in New England over the next 20 years. The improved service will provide a convenient and reliable connection to the Northeast Corridor in New Haven, providing New England families and businesses with better access to New York City and Washington, D.C. 

The new funding follows two additional High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grants totaling $70 million for the New Haven to Springfield line, awarded in 2011.

In total, the federal government has invested $191 million in the line.  Collectively, the state and federal government are partnering to invest a total of $365 million, including $141.9 million from the State of Connecticut, along the line to reduce trip times, improve reliability, add capacity, improve safety, and renovate four Amtrak stations in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin and Hartford. 

The state’s long-term vision for the New Haven to Springfield line calls for operating up to 25 daily round‐trips and train speeds are expected to increase from 79 mph to 90 mph.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Alstom to supply new generation metros to Greater Lyon

The binding part of the order includes the delivery of 30 metros for an amount of $152 million dollars.

Texas' TRE increases frequencies, extends service hours

The new schedule features weekday train service every 30 minutes during peak periods. For evening, mid-day and Saturday service, the frequency will be every 60 minutes.

First Hitachi-made rail vehicles for Miami-Dade unveiled

The Miami-Dade Metro contract amounts to about $300 million dollars representing a total quantity of 68 trains (136 cars).

WMATA report on running red lights calls for capping speeds, brighter bulbs

Plans to upgrade signals with LED bulbs at the following problem-spots by the end of the year: National Airport, Silver Spring, Vienna, Grosvenor, Largo, and Farragut North.

Dallas' rail-connected development driving regional growth, study says

Completed or under-construction TOD near DART stations has already generated $69 million in state and local tax revenue.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close