New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program
The Connecticut-led New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail program includes design and construction of additional rail capacity on Amtrak-owned infrastructure between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass.
Improvements include re-establishing a second mainline track and construction of station facilities to upgrade the New Haven-Harford-Springfield line. The project is funded by $191 in federal grants through the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program and $272 million in state bonds.
Over the last two seasons, Amtrak has been managing the installation of underground signal and communication cables over the 60-mile Springfield Line. This work is required to upgrade signal and communication systems that can support increased rail traffic and prepare for subsequent infrastructure improvements to add a second track.
Current funding will make improvements to allow the service to increase from the current 6 daily roundtrips to 17 roundtrips a day by 2016. Connecticut is seeking additional funds to make further improvements that will allow for up to 25 round trips per day.
Photographs courtesy of Connecticut Department of Transportation.
- Increased capacity for high-speed, intercity, and regional rail
- Greater frequency
- Better reliability
- Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)
- U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration