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Posted 07 July 2015 - 11:33 AM

 

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Upcoming Public Information Meetings

As part of the New Haven - Hartford – Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will conduct two public information meetings regarding improvements to be made at State Street Station in New Haven, in addition to certain railroad grade crossings and the Batchelder Road Bridge in Windsor.

 

The meeting in New Haven will occur on Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Program Room of New Haven Free Public Library, located at 133 Elm Street.

 

The meeting in Windsor will occur on Wednesday, July 29. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Ludlow Room of Windsor Town Hall, located at 275 Broad Street.

 

All persons interested in this project are welcomed to attend the meeting(s) and discuss the project with Department personnel. Location is ADA accessible. If language assistance is needed, please contact the Department of Transportation’s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062.

 

 



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Posted 19 October 2015 - 12:39 PM

WNPR Radio, 10/19/15:

 


Rail Construction Underway for the Hartford Line to Accommodate More Commuters

 

Since the dawn of the steam engine, rails and trains have run through the city of Hartford. But today, the commuter rail corridor in central Connecticut is not so robust. 

If you’re trying to get from Hartford to New Haven or Springfield via train, you might find yourself waiting for a long time -- sometimes for a few hours. 

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 11:29 AM

 

 

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Construction Update: City of Meriden


 

Beginning on Friday, October 23rd and concluding by Sunday, October 25th, there will be construction activity on the rail line north of Gypsy Lane, between Old Colony and South Broad Street. Work will include the replacement/rehabilitation of culverts. The work will occur during the 32-hour period beginning at 10PM on Friday and concluding at 6AM on Sunday. Train service in this area will be suspended during this period. While no vehicular traffic impacts are anticipated, there will be construction noise throughout this period and temporary lighting to support overnight work in the area.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Future updates on the status and location of construction activities will be provided on the NHHS Rail Program website at www.nhhsrail.com, Facebook, Twitter and by email. To receive email updates, please register on the NHHS Rail Program website.

 



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:24 AM

Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018

HARTFORD — Building the New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail line system will take about a year longer and $135 million more than expected, but state officials say they've secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak that will keep work on budget and schedule.

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 01:09 PM

Not good news about date slippage, but it is almost expected nowadays.

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 01:51 AM

E-mail from NHHS project:

 

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Gov. Malloy Announces Funding to Complete Construction of the Hartford Line Commuter Rail Service

On December 4, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced an agreement with Amtrak to complete the Hartford Line, receiving guaranteed agreements for cost ceilings and a clear timetable for work completion.

The completed Hartford Line will triple the number of trains between New Haven and Hartford and doubling the service between Hartford and Springfield. The program is now in construction and work is progressing rapidly.  Four station projects are in construction and due to be completed prior to the launch of service, while critical fiber optic signal cable and communication nodes are installed along the corridor to power a brand new signal system including Positive Train Control. Every weekend, centuries-old and undersized culverts and drainage structures are replaced. The roadbed is currently being excavated for the second track.

"We are getting this project done. Instead of letting this languish for years and years, we are stepping up to the plate as a state to stand up for better transportation, more jobs, and economic development. This is a transformative project - and we have a commitment to get it done," said Governor Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission.  "The future Hartford Line will provide access to jobs for residents along the corridor as well as better connections to Metro-North service along the Connecticut coastline.  Communities that will be served by the Hartford Line are planning transit-oriented development projects around their stations, including Meriden, which already has a mixed use development in construction right across the street from the station. With this agreement, we are taking the next steps to achieve a best-in-class transportation system."

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The State Bond Commission next week will vote to approve an allocation of $155 million to complete construction of the future Hartford Line, a final installment to upgrade the line and launch expanded rail service between New Haven and Hartford. As part of the agreement, Amtrak will deliver service with a clear ceiling for costs and a clear timetable for completion. 

Current program estimates indicate that construction on the future Hartford Line will extend into late 2017 with a service launch no later than January 2018.

Read Governor Malloy’s complete press release.

Future updates on the status and location of construction activities will be provided on the NHHS Rail Program website at www.nhhsrail.com, Facebook, Twitter and by email. To receive email updates, please register on the NHHS Rail Program website.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:58 PM

 

 

Connecticut Gets Funds To Finish Hartford Line Commuter Rail Service

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday an agreement with Amtrak to complete the Hartford line, receiving guaranteed agreements for cost ceilings and a clear timetable for work completion.

 

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:10 PM

Hartford Courant, 1/5:
 

Crews Prepare For Next Phase Of Hartford Line Construction

 

WALLINGFORD — Two short towers rise from a vacant lot on North Cherry Street and miles of newly graded rail bed run parallel to Route 5 far into North Haven, all signs that the long-planned Hartford Line is coming.

 

Heavy construction has been underway since last year, and work crews are getting ready to install a second set of tracks when the weather improves.

 

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:06 PM

Hartford, CT Courant, 2/24/16:

 


Amtrak Boss Pledges Hartford Line Will Be Done On Time

 

There will be no more cost overruns or construction delays on the Hartford Line commuter rail project, the president of Amtrak said at a Senate hearing.

 

Amtrak is keeping close watch on the $574-million construction job and is confident it will be ready for trains to start running in January of 2018, Joseph Boardman said at the hearing Tuesday.

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 12:34 PM

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CTDOT Announces Selection of Ticket Vending Machine System Contractor for CTrail Hartford Line

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that it has selected a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) System contractor for the CTrail Hartford Line (formerly referred to as the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line). The $3.4 million contract was awarded to Trapeze Software Group, Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, through a competitive procurement process. Trapeze Software Group will be responsible for designing, assembling and installing TVMs.  The contract also includes operation, service and maintenance of the equipment for a five-year period.

A total of 20 state-of-the-art TVMs will be installed at stations with Hartford Line service, including those in New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford and Springfield. These “kiosks” will be located on platforms and in stations for passengers to quickly and easily purchase tickets before boarding.  Each TVM will provide audio and visual messages and instructions, as well as the capability for users to select up to four languages. The TVMs will dispense CTrail regional, Shore Line East, Metro-North Railroad, CTfastrak and CTtransit tickets and discount types, as well as enabling customers to pay for parking at the stations.  TVMs will also process bill, coin and credit/debit cards and will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 “The installation of full-featured TVMs is an example of CTDOT’s commitment to customer satisfaction and positive rail experiences on the Hartford Line.” said Carl Jackson, CTDOT Rail Administrator. “TVMs are just one of the many service amenities that will be offered to riders. “From safety features like automatic platform snow-melt systems and video cameras, to high-quality amenities like electric vehicle charging stations and various display and messaging systems, we are making the customer experience on the Hartford Line as safe, efficient and enjoyable as possible.”

TVMs will be fully operational when Hartford Line service launches in January 2018.

The CTrail Hartford Line service will provide more frequent, convenient and faster passenger rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield by increasing the number of round trip trains from six daily Amtrak intercity and regional trains to a total of 17 round trip trains a day to Hartford, and 12 trains per day to Springfield. The expanded service and new stations are expected to increase ridership, improve travel times, expand intermodal transportation options, encourage economic development and create more livable and sustainable communities.

Future updates on the status and location of construction activities will be provided on the NHHS Rail Program website at www.nhhsrail.com, Facebook, Twitter and by email. To receive email updates, please register on the NHHS Rail Program website.

 








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