Connecticut To Seek Operators For New Haven-Springfield Commuter Rail Line

Connecticut is looking for providers to operate a planned high-speed commuter rail service between New Haven and Springfield.

Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration says it will begin accepting competitive proposals from railroad companies in the next six to twelve months to operate the shuttle, which is scheduled to begin service in late 2016.

Deputy Transportation Commissioner Anna Barry says the process is designed to get the best quality operation and customer service along a key corridor.

“We’re making improvements to the line to improve speeds up to a maximum of 110 miles an hour,” Barry says. “And we think we’ll offer a competitive travel time for folks who are traveling between New Haven and Springfield and points in between. And we think it will provide a tremendous opportunity for folks traveling between those points for work, school, recreation and overall economic development.”

Barry says Amtrak, which owns the tracks, is being encouraged to compete to provide the shuttle service that is slated to start with about ten round trips a day.