Central Connecticut’s forthcoming commuter rail system, until today known as the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program, is being branded as the “Hartford Line” according to a press release from Governor Malloy’s office today.
This is the second time Connecticut officials have rebranded a transportation service in the years prior to launching. In 2012, the State officially renamed the “Hartford-New Britain Busway” CTfastrak.
The Hartford Line will bring “faster, frequent and more reliable passenger service,” but its benefits don’t stop there. It will also help decongest highways around Greater Hartford, where more than 80 percent of commuters currently drive alone. The rail line is also expected to bring transit-oriented development to areas near stations, not just in Knowledge Corridor’s major cities, but also in the smaller towns in between.
Construction on new and improved rail stations in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin — which are currently served only by six daily Amtrak trains — will begin this fall and will be completed by late 2016, when Hartford Line service is scheduled to begin.