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CTDOT Announces Free Rides on all CTrail Hartford Line Trains for Uniformed First Responders and Members of the Military Friday and Saturday

In honor of fallen Hartford Police Detective Robert “Bobby” Garten, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that all uniformed first responders, members of the military, and their families may ride CTrail Hartford Line (HL) trains free of charge on Friday, September 15 to attend Detective Garten’s wake at Dunkin’ Park, and on Saturday, September 16 to attend his celebration of life services at the XL Center.

The calling hours for the wake at Dunkin’ Park will be from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, September 15, and the celebration of life services at the XL Center will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 16. The return trip will also be free on all CTrail HL trains. Free parking will be available at the Berlin, Meriden, and Wallingford Stations on Friday and Saturday.

Those who are not in uniform will be required to show identification to the conductor onboard the train. Please note the free tickets are for CTrail Hartford Line trains only, and purchased tickets will be required to board Amtrak Hartford Line trains.

"Our law enforcement community does invaluable, critical work to support every one of our communities 24 hours a day. After this unspeakable tragedy, this is just one small thing we can do to help first responders and members of the military honor the life of Detective Garten,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Bureau Chief of Public Transportation Benjamin Limmer. “We hope that by offering this service, more family, friends, and supporters will be able to attend these services while reducing potential traffic congestion in and around Hartford.”

Passengers can find the latest Hartford Line schedule here and are encouraged to visit HartfordLine.com or Amtrak.com for the latest service information and scheduled departure times.

Riders can also sign up for alerts sent directly to their phone or email at HartfordLine.com/service-alerts.


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