CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
|FOR RELEASE: July 8, 2008||
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
Fax: (860) 594-3066
New Weekend & Holiday Service from Old Saybrook to
Will Begin Operating Year-Round on Shore Line East
Starting the 4th of July
New Late Night Train Every Day Leaving
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will begin weekend and holiday rail service on Shore Line East (SLE) starting this Friday, the 4th of July and throughout the weekend. Initial weekend rail schedule will include four west bound trains to
SLE will operate year-round weekend service from Union Station in
The new weekend rail service will include:
· More frequent trains stopping in Old Saybrook,
· Branford Station will have only three westbound trains to
· Late evening train to operate every day from Union Station in
· Children under 12 will ride free with a fare paying adult on Shore Line East. Reduce fares for children apply to New Haven Line.
· Parking is free at all Shore Line East stations. Union Station,
· Additional rail service is available on the New Haven Line to locations west of
· Tickets can be purchased on Shore Line East through the following options:
One-Way tickets are sold on board trains and are available at the
NOTE: If you purchase a Shore Line East ticket through conductor on westbound train, you may purchase a one-way New Haven Line ticket from the NHL conductor at no additional charge. A return ticket must be purchased at your destination before you board the train, otherwise on-board purchase fee will apply.
Ten-Trip tickets are only sold at the
Monthly tickets are sold by mail, phone, web and are available at the
UniRail tickets combines Shore Line East and New Haven Line rail fares into one convenient ticket (one-way, weekly, monthly) is available at Metro-North ticket window and ticket vending machines. Only monthly Unirail tickets are available through the web or mail in. Ticket information is available through www.mta.info or at 1-800-METRO-INFO or in NYC at 212-532-4900.
“We are pleased to kick off the summer holiday this coming week by introducing year-round train service on Shore Line East,” said Commissioner Joseph F. Marie. “During the holiday season, we saw that weekend rail service was a viable, workable option. With more trains being added to run expanded weekend service, the public will have more choices available to take advantage of rail service in
Consult the timetable for the Shore Line East at www.ShoreLineEast.com or call 800 ALL-RIDE for schedule details including new weekend service. Weekend train schedules will also be published in regional newspapers ads beginning week of June 30th.
Shore Line East trains are owned and operated by ConnDOT, under contract with Amtrak, to provide daily rail operations. SLE commuter operations began in 1990, serving seven stations along the 33-mile segment of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between