Amtrak, in coordination with the Connecticut and Massachusetts Departments of Transportation, announced it would restore daily service to the Amtrak Hartford Line beginning Monday, April 25.
The announcement comes in response to an anticipated increase in demand. Seven trains will return to the line between New Haven, Conn. and Springfield, Mass., including two weekday trains, one Saturday train and four Sunday trains. The move will restore the Hartford Line to pre-pandemic levels, the railroad said.
“With the help of our partners at CTDOT and MassDOT, Amtrak is proud to restore service levels of the Amtrak Hartford Line,” Amtrak President and CEO Stephen Gardner said. “Whether you’re traveling for work or leisure, residents and visitors now have more options for exploring New England, visiting friends and family and having a more productive and sustainable commute.”
The railroad currently operates 14 weekday frequencies between New Haven and Springfield on Monday through Thursday, 13 on Friday, eight on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. Additionally, the railroad operates four weekday frequencies between Greenfield and Springfield, with two each on Saturday and Sunday. The new schedule will increase those frequencies to 29 on weekdays, nine on Saturdays and 12 on Sundays.
“We are thankful for the partnership with Amtrak and Massachusetts DOT. The Hartford Line’s restoration of most services to pre-pandemic levels means additional trains and more travel options for riders between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Service levels are increasing because ridership is also increasing. People are returning to work, traveling for pleasure, and using the trains to get to where they need to be.
The railroad offers free Wi-Fi, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices, large spacious seats with ample leg room and no middle seat, and a two personal items, two carry-on bags baggage policy.