Another advancement in Connecticut due in 2018 for commuters and adventurers.

Time to ride the rails with a new line connecting New Haven to Hartford to Springfield, Massachusetts.

In a press release from Governor Malloy's office, Malloy made this announcement:

Creating the Hartford Line is just one part of our efforts toward building a best-in-class transportation system for Connecticut residents that drives growth, attracts businesses, and stimulates job creation, all while improving the overall quality of life for our residents. For the sake of our economy and our future, we cannot sit and let our infrastructure deteriorate – we are stepping up, moving forward, and getting this project done

The new commuter rail line is due to officially launch May of 2018. The release says that the Hartford Line will offer a total of 17 roundtrip trains between New Haven and Hartford operating each weekday, with 12 of those roundtrip trains continuing to Springfield. On weekends, a total of 13 roundtrip trains will run between New Haven and Hartford, with 9 of those trains continuing onto Springfield, Massachusetts.

Passengers can look forward to the fact that the new Hartford Line will link with connections to existing rail services, including Metro-North, Shoreline East, and Amtrak Acela high-speed rail services on both the New Haven Line to New York and on the Northeast Corridor to New London and Boston. There will also be direct bus connections to the Bradley Airport Flyer and to CTfastrak.

As for train schedules and additional service information, we'll have to wait until later this year. However they have announced that the train stations will be Union and State Street in New Haven, as well as Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Springfield.

You can read the entire press release at