Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced that a $5.75 million plan to advance designs and address environmental issues within the new railroad systems in the New Haven, Hartford, Springfield Line (NHHS) has been approved by the State Bond Commission.
The new NHHS line, now dubbed the “Hartford Line,” will add stations in Enfield, West Hartford, Newington and North Haven. New stations also will be added in Orange and Bridgeport. In addition, the funding will go toward improvements to existing railroad stations in Windsor and Windsor Lock, and add enhancements to the Merritt Seven Station.
"Creating a commuter rail line along the Interstate 91 corridor is part of our transformative transportation vision for Connecticut,” Malloy said. “This bond authorization will give this important project needed momentum. Completing environmental work and design is what will propel the projects toward reality. This $365 million project will improve the quality of intercity service along the corridor and enhance regional rail connections.”
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has worked closely with Malloy and his administration to expand passenger services along the New Haven and Springfield Line. The department’s commissioner, James Redeker, said the state will add 22 trains per day in addition to the 12 trains that already run with Amtrak.