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Springfield-Hartford rail line set to begin service

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Rail service is about to double from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven.

The inaugural trip from Union Station in Springfield to Hartford will mark the start of a new era in rail service between Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

The launch of the new CTrail Hartford line will double the daily trips between Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven. 

Western Massachusetts residents told 22News they're hoping the boost in trips, will boost the city's economy. The increased rail service will have 2,000 more people passing through Union Station every day. 

Holyoke resident Nicholas Hernandez told 22News the revitalized station will make a stop in Springfield seem more appealing.

"Distance from here, so it's kind of hard for them to see how beautiful it is," said Hernandez. "It's better than the old one."

The ceremonial first train leaves Springfield Friday morning. Regular service starts Saturday. 

"Hopefully it would bring the prices of the tickets down," said Cynthia Farris of Springfield. "The more people there are, the more transportation there is, the less they'll need the high ticket prices hopefully. Lord knows enough people can't transport between here and Hartford all the time."

The trains will run faster, reducing travel time for commuters. 

The CTrail Hartford line is celebrating the start of the new rail service with a free travel weekend, with free trips between Springfield and New Haven on Saturday and Sunday.


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