Six new express trains went into service on the New Haven line Monday, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. They are divided into three morning trains on weekdays and three evening trains during peak hours.
Morning trains depart New Haven at 5:09 a.m., 5:41 a.m., and 7:52 a.m. They only stop at Bridgeport, Stamford and Grand Central Station.
Evening trains depart from Grand Central and stop at the same locations at 4:16 p.m., 4:49 p.m. and 6:26 p.m., the DOT said.
The Waterbury branch line has also been upgraded with seven new trains on weekdays, officials said. There are four new southbound trains and three new northbound ones. This means earlier morning service and more off-peak service.
According to the governor’s office, these new additions to the New Haven and Waterbury lines are part of recent budget changes. The DOT has worked with Metro North to make railroads safer with new tracks and crossing repairs, they said.
“It’s all part of the TIME FOR CT initiative, and we are delivering on our promise to improve rail service in Connecticut,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “With an almost 50% increase in service on the Waterbury branch line, we are showing a renewed commitment to improving and improving the Naugatuck Valley.
Connecticut has also lifted the mandate for masks on public transportation and they are no longer required on the Hartford Line, Shore Line East and in Connecticut rail facilities. Visit new.mta.info for details on Metro-North’s current mask requirements prior to travel.
Information on all Connecticut rail services is available here.
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