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New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program

Project Status

Construction


Planning

Environmental Review

Design

Construction

Complete

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.

Rock excavation before installation of new signal and communications cables.

Rock excavation before installation of new signal and communications cables.

Construction of signal upgrades

Construction of signal upgrades

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.

Benefits

  • Increased capacity for high-speed, intercity, and regional rail
  • Greater frequency
  • Better reliability

Partners

  • Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)
  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration