Governor Lamont Announces New Express Trains on the New Haven Line and Increased Services on the Waterbury Branch Line

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11/07/2022

Governor Lamont Announces New Express Trains on the New Haven Line and Increased Services on the Waterbury Branch Line

New express trains offer fastest route to Grand Central Terminal in a decade

(BRIDGEPORT, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced that six new express trains on the New Haven line and seven new weekday trains on the Waterbury branch line began service starting today.

On the New Haven Line, three weekday morning rush hour express trains will depart from New Haven with stops at Bridgeport, Stamford and Grand Central Terminal. These express trains depart New Haven at 5:09 a.m., 5:41 a.m. and 7:52 a.m. Three weekday evening rush hour express trains will depart from Grand Central Terminal with stops in Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven. These express trains depart from Grand Central Terminal at 4:16 p.m., 4:49 p.m., and 6:26 p.m. The express trains run in as little as 1 hour and 39 minutes between New Haven and Grand Central.

In addition, substantial infrastructure and safety improvements on the Waterbury branch line allow seven new weekday trains to be added to the timetable, increasing the number of weekday trains from 15 to 22, an increase by 47%. There will be four new southbound trains and three new northbound trains running on weekdays. With these additional trains, service begins earlier in the morning in both directions and operates more frequently during off-peak hours, providing more options for riders in the Naugatuck Valley.

Governor Lamont announced the service expansion at a press conference this morning at the Bridgeport Transportation Center, where he was joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti, Chairman of MTA Metro-North/Long Island Rail Road Acting President Catherine Rinaldi, Connecticut Commuter Rail Council President Jim Gildea and other guests.

“As more and more people return to rail service, they want faster trains, more options and increased services,” Governor Lamont said. “It’s all part of the TIME FOR CT initiative, and we are delivering on our promise to improve rail service in Connecticut. These express trains have provided the fastest routes in a decade between New Haven and Grand Central. With an almost 50% increase in service on the Waterbury branch line, we are showing a renewed commitment to improving and expanding rail service throughout the Naugatuck Valley. »

Governor Lamont’s recent budgets have included funding for these new express trains and expanded Waterbury Branch Line rail services. The Connecticut Department of Transportation worked closely with Metro-North to identify available crews and equipment, operate the test trains according to the proposed schedule, and design a new operations package before the trains went into service. express trains. They also worked on major infrastructure improvements, including replacing railway ties, installing signals, installing four passing lanes and repairing level crossings in 2021, allowing new trains to come into service on the Waterbury branch line.

“Through Governor Lamont’s priorities outlined in TIME FOR CT, and through our strong partnership with Metro-North, we are bringing increased services, faster trains, and additional amenities to Connecticut rail passengers,” Commissioner Giulietti said. “With faster peak-hour trains and historic levels of service, we are fulfilling the Governor’s promise and vision to improve rail service for passengers throughout Connecticut.”

“Metro-North is proud of its excellent working relationship with the Connecticut Department of Transportation,” President Rinaldi said. “This partnership has helped provide faster service to customers traveling between Connecticut and Manhattan, and the highest level of service at the Waterbury branch in history. As more passengers return to the system, Metro-North is enhancing the attractiveness of our weekday service with more trains and seats and faster trips.

The requirement to wear a mask on public transportation has been lifted and is no longer enforced on the Hartford Line, Shore Line East and at railroad facilities in Connecticut. Under current CDC guidelines, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Clients who feel ill should not use public transport. New Haven line services are operated by Metro-North and follow New York State mask guidelines. Visit new.mta.info for details on Metro-North’s current mask requirements prior to travel.

Information on all railroad services in Connecticut is available at CTrail.com.

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