The planned route for the project (map via ConnDOT).

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail

In the 1990s, state elected officials began putting serious support behind this project to add commuter rail service between New Haven, Conn. and Springfield, Mass. and include new stations in Enfield, North Haven/Hamden, and Newington, in addition to existing stations along the corridor. After years of limited progress, the project received a jolt upon the arrival of Commissioner Joseph Marie and the award of $40 million of TIGGER funding, funding dedicated to transportation projects which was included in 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in January 2010.

The project envisions anything from peak-hour commuter service to a "full build-out" which would add an additional track to the Northeast Corridor in the project service area, allowing for all-day service.

ConnDOT is currently applying for the second round of TIGGER grants due out in Fall 2010. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, recently visited Connecticut to take a ride on the limited Amtrak service that currently runs on the proposed project corridor and indicated that Connecticut is well placed to receive further funding.

Project History

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