CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
|FOR RELEASE: October 3, 2008||
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
Fax: (860) 594-3066
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) today reminded rail customers that beginning Sunday, October 5th, a new fall schedule will go in to affect for New Haven Line (NHL) and Shore Line East (SLE). The fall schedule will provide new rail service on the
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR) have scheduled additional trains as part of a continuing program to expand rail service and the meet growing regional ridership needs. Already through August 31, 2008, the New Haven Line (NHL) ridership increased over 5 percent, adding over 1.2 million more rail customers.
“Each month as fuel prices continue to rise,
The increase train service will include one new weekday off-peak train added to the Danbury Line and one new weekend midday round trip train to the Waterbury Line. The new trains will allow customers flexibility and more frequency to travel to
The additional weekday midday service on the Danbury Branch will depart
Weekend schedules on the Waterbury Branch have been reconfigured allowing increased service from four round trips a day to five. With this additional round trip in the midday, trains can now run up to an hour earlier in the morning, and an hour later in the evening. Customers should consult the new time schedule, via the website at www.mta.info or call 800 METRO-INFO.
In addition to the time changes on the branch lines, MNR will add additional stops during the evening rush hour to improve frequency of service between
Weekdays on the NHL, the 5:48 p.m. train departing from Grand Central Terminal (GCT), which currently terminated in
“The Department is committed to pursing and providing enhanced rail service on all levels, and will work with our operator, Metro-North Railroad, to provide for flexible, expanded schedules and additional rail service in a cost-effective manner to meet our growing ridership,” said Commissioner Marie.
MNR will also adjust late evening train service to accommodate capital improvement projects in
Shore Line East rail schedule will have minor time change on both weekday and weekend service effective Sunday, October 5, 2008, at various stations to allow for efficient connecting service with the NHL. Customer should consult the new timetable via www.shorelineeast.com or call 800 ALL-RIDE.