CTDOT implementing Hartford Line improvements with FSP grant

CTDOT implementing Hartford Line improvements with FSP grant Image credit: CTDOT

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced service changes on the 

Hartford Line in the portion of the line north of Hartford because of construction in the period May 28 through November 1. The improvements are part of the Customer Experience Plan and include addition of a new station in Windsor Locks and improvements to rail grade crossings. 

The amended service plan will expedite critical projects, saving a year on construction and significantly reducing cost uncertainties. The work from 8.30am to 2pm outside the peak ridership hours to reduce ridership impact.

The Hartford Line connects with the New Haven Line (operated by Metro-North) at New Haven Union Station for travel to southwestern Connecticut and Grand Central Terminal in New York City. A Federal-State Partnership grant totaling nearly $105 million is funding capacity increase on the Hartford Line from 35 to 44 trains per day. 

The area north of Hartford is still single track. CTDOT will increase in number tracks in three segments of the Hartford Line, particularly the northern sections. Work will focus in the Hartford-West Hartford, Windsor-Windsor Locks and Enfield portions of the tracks. The funding will also help improve signals and grade crossings in three segments totaling 6.2 miles of the Hartford Line. 

In 2022, the government broke ground on the project to construct new station in Windsor Locks. The project includes addition of high-level platforms, lighting fixtures, and ADA-accessible fixtures. The Windsor Locks portion of the project was priced at $87.14 million, of which $59.11 million was approved by the State Bond Commission in 2020. More funding will come from a $17.49 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as an estimated $10.54 million contribution from Amtrak.

Source: CTDOT