Bus service to temporarily supplant CTrail routes

Published on Friday, 7 September 2018 19:30
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - CTrail Hartford Line and Amtrak rail service between Hartford and Springfield will be served by buses so installation of the final section of double track between Hartford and Windsor can be completed. The buses began Friday.

Buses will continue to transport passengers on this portion of the Hartford Line corridor until Monday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m., according to a release from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

CTrail Hartford Line and most Amtrak service between New Haven and Hartford will not be impacted by the track work and will be served by trains as scheduled, the release stated.

Amtrak regional through trains will be buses between Springfield and New Haven and operated by train between New Haven and Washington D.C.

The Hartford Line Amtrak trains that will be bused from all stations from New Haven through Springfield are numbers 140, 143, 146, 147, 148 and 157.

Buses travelling southbound from Springfield will stop at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford stations on an as needed basis for travelers who wish to disembark there, said Judd Everhart, spokesperson for CTDOT.

Amtrak’s Vermonter passengers will be transported by bus between New Haven and Vermont beginning Saturday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The extended bus service for this section is to accommodate rail bridge rehabilitation work being done in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

A new Hartford Line train schedule will take effect from Sept. 10 through Sept. 30 to accommodate continuing track work between Hartford and Windsor.

Along with this new schedule, all Hartford Line trains will now stop at New Haven State Street Station.

This is the closest station to downtown New Haven and the New Haven Green, the release stated.

Amtrak, Connecticut and Massachusetts worked together to coordinate the timing of these construction projects to minimize disruptions to passengers, the release said.

Travelers are encouraged to check schedules for any travel planned on these dates at hartfordline.com and Amtrak.com.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Friday, 7 September 2018 19:30. Updated: Friday, 7 September 2018 19:33.