ConnDOT: Office of Rails

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New Haven Line – Commuter Rail  -- planning, timetables and schedules
Shore Line East – Commuter Rail – planning, timetables and schedules
Amtrak – planning, timetables and schedules

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Office of Rail

The Connecticut Department of Transportation supports the operation of two passenger rail lines and three branch lines in Connecticut.

{Photos of Stamford rail station platform, interior of Shore Line East train, and a NH rail maintenance facility}

The New Haven Line, consisting of the New Haven Main Line and the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury Branch Lines, is operated by Metro-North. The New Haven Line serves stations along the shoreline from New Haven to Greenwich and on to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Shore Line East serves stations from New London to New Haven, with select trains continuing to Bridgeport and Stamford.

(Note: Amtrak is not funded by ConnDOT, but is an integral part of our regional transportation system - please visit their website directly for service information.)

ConnDOT is committed to improving rail service as the new equipment, new rail cars and new train stations are brought on-line. The Department’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation system that meets the mobility needs of its users. Achieving this mission is a great challenge, and a goal that the ConnDOT professionals and its operators and contractors are striving to achieve. The Department recognizes the need to continue to identify, analyze, and continually improve the way we do our work, so to deliver better services and improve transportation infrastructure.

The Rail Report Card

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) with the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) developed a multi-faceted integrated approach to replace the current Rail Car Fleet.  The ConnDOT proposal became Senate Bill 2000, which was signed into law on July 1, 2005.  The $1.3 billion Transportation Improvement Program provides for the design and purchase of 342 passenger cars for the New Haven Line as well as a new rail maintenance facility and other public transportation initiatives.

Specifically the first Transportation Package passed in 2005 included:
  • $667 million for new rail cars on the New Haven Line,
  • $300 million for new rail maintenance facilities,
  • $187 million for “congestion mitigation” measures on Interstate 95 from Greenwich to North Stonington,
  • $150 million for improvements to I-84 and I-91, as well as other state roads and highways,
  • $7.5 million for new transit buses.

Rail Related Links

Ridership 2012 Rail Ridership News Release
Connecticut Commuter Rail Lines New Haven Line (Metro-North)
  Shore Line East
Federal Railroad Administration FRA Website
Seasonal Impact to Connecticut Commuter Rail Service Seasonal Impact Website

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