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CTDOT Announces Additional Train Service on the Hartford Line During Thanksgiving Travel
In anticipation of increased ridership over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is alerting riders that additional trains are being added on the Hartford Line (HL). The New Haven Line and Shore Line East will also operate with modified schedules over the holiday.
and Amtrak Hartford Line will operate a Saturday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, and a weekday schedule on Friday, November 24. Additional CT HL trains will be added to the schedule to accommodate the anticipated increased passenger volume.
Four northbound and four southbound CT trains will be added to the schedule on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22. Three northbound and three southbound CT trains will be added to the schedule on Sunday, November 26.
“The day before Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest day of the year for rail travel, so we’re adding additional trains on the Hartford Line to meet that demand,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Public Transportation Bureau Chief Benjamin Limmer. “We’ll also have volunteers at stations to assist customers so they can board quickly and reach their destinations safely and on time.”
The following additional trains will operate on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22:
- 4471 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 10:35 a.m.
- 4473 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 2:12 p.m.
- 4475 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 5:47 p.m.
- 4419 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 11:47 p.m.
- 4402 departing New Haven Union Station at 7:06 a.m.
- 4470 departing New Haven Union Station at 10:57 a.m.
- 4472 departing New Haven Union Station at 2:25 p.m.
- 4494 departing New Haven Union Station at 7:50 p.m.
The following additional trains will operate on Sunday, November 26:
- 6461 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 12:13 p.m.
- 6409 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 3:03 p.m.
- 6465 arriving in New Haven Union Station at 5:50 p.m.
- 6450 departing New Haven Union Station at 8:38 a.m.
- 6460 departing New Haven Union Station at 11:20 a.m.
- 6462 departing New Haven Union Station at 2:00 p.m.
To see the entire schedule, please visit HartfordLine.com.
Additionally, Shore Line East will operate a weekend schedule on Thursday, November 23, a weekday schedule on Friday, November 24, and a weekend schedule on Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26. Please visit ShoreLineEast.com for the most current schedules.
Metro-North Railroad will also operate special trains on the New Haven Line on Thursday, November 23, and will operate a modified Saturday schedule on Friday, November 24. Please visit Metro-North Railroad Schedules | MTA for the most current New Haven Line schedules.
While reservations are never required on CT HL trains, passengers planning to ride an Amtrak HL train during the holiday should make a reservation before traveling through the Amtrak website or the Amtrak mobile app. All Amtrak trains may reach capacity in this peak travel period and if at capacity, will not accept CT ticket holders on board the train. During this holiday, passengers using Amtrak multi-ride tickets such as monthly passes and ten-trip tickets should also make a reservation on board whichever Amtrak train they wish to use. Travel is encouraged early in the day to avoid overcrowding.
HL passengers are encouraged to pre-purchase their rail tickets before boarding. CT passengers may purchase their rail tickets using the CT eTix mobile ticketing app or at CT ticket vending machines.
Passengers are encouraged to visit HartfordLine.com or Amtrak.com for the latest service information. Riders can also sign up for alerts sent directly to their phone or email at HartfordLine.com/service-alerts.
For information about all rail services in Connecticut, visit ctrail.com.
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