Amtrak to restore Amtrak Hartford Line Service to pre-pandemic levels
Posted: 28 April 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Amtrak, alongside the CTDOT and MassDOT, are restoring the Amtrak Hartford Line Service to meet increasing passenger demand.
Amtrak is restoring service of Amtrak Hartford Line Service trains (operating between New Haven, CT and Springfield, MA via Hartford, CT) in response to anticipated increased demand. In coordination with state partners at the Connecticut and Massachusetts Departments of Transportation, Amtrak will restore the Amtrak Hartford Line to pre-pandemic (before March 2020) levels with a total of seven trains to return.
“With the help of our partners at CTDOT and MassDOT, Amtrak is proud to restore service levels of the Amtrak Hartford Line,” Stephen Gardner, President and CEO of Amtrak, said. “Whether travelling for work or leisure, passengers will now have more options a more productive and sustainable commute.”
“Hartford Line’s restoration of most services to pre-pandemic levels means additional trains and more travel options for passengers between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts,” Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner of CTDOT, said. “Service levels are increasing because ridership is also increasing.”
“We appreciate the partnership with Amtrak and Connecticut DOT to increase capacity on the Amtrak Hartford Line,” Jamey Tesler, Secretary and CEO of MassDOT, said. “This additional Amtrak Hartford Line service between New Haven and Springfield offers more convenient travel times and will support the economic recovery of communities along the corridor.”
Being able to easily travel from/to city centres, Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no airplane mode), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room, no middle seat, and one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags.