Connecticut

The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Project will provide significant new regional passenger rail service options as a key component of a robust and vibrant multimodal regional transportation system. With funding from the new High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program created by President Barack Obama in 2008, and Connecticut, the NHHS Rail Project will provide the infrastructure and trains to operate some of the nation's best passenger rail services. As the gateway to New England, the NHHS Rail Project will also facilitate improved service to Massachusetts, Vermont, and, eventually, Montreal. New train service will connect communities, generate sustainable economic growth, help build energy independence, and provide links to travel corridors and markets within and beyond the region.

VISION

The new NHHS rail service will operate at speeds of up to 110 mph, cutting travel time between Springfield and New Haven to just 73 minutes. Travelers at New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks, and Springfield will board trains every 30 minutes during the peak morning and evening rush hours and every 60 minutes during the rest of day. The new NHHS service will provide direct or connecting service to New York City, Boston, and Vermont. The full program also includes future, new train stations at North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, and Enfield.

BENEFITS

The new NHHS rail service will improve regional connectivity and safety, and become an important part of an expanded regional intermodal transportation system.

NHHS Service Plan Overview

Trains:

  • Up to 25 Amtrak and NHHS regional roundtrips daily

Service:

  • 30 minutes during peak periods
  • 60 minutes during off peak periods

Travel Time:

  • New Haven to Springfield in 73 minutes
  • Hartford to Penn Station in 2 hours 23 minutes

Ridership:

  • 1.26 million new riders per year by 2030

 

CURRENT PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • Complete Design: 2012
  • Launch New Service: 2016

CURRENT FUNDING STATUS

  • Preliminary Program Cost: Approximately $650 million
  • Preliminary Program Improvements: Existing Station Upgrades, Track and Signal Improvements, Bridge and Culvert Upgrades; At-Grade Safety Enhancements
  • Full Build Program: New Stations, New Equipment, and State of Good Repair Upgrades.

THE NHHS CORRIDOR

Connecticut Corridor Map