SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Railway lines connecting Springfield and New Haven have returned to normal service following a shutdown over a portion of the summer.

Certain CT Rail and Amtrak services are rolling into Union Station in Springfield after Hartford Line shutdowns for rehabilitation projects in July and August. These projects included a slope stabilization project in Longmeadow and work on the roofing at Hartford Union Station. Buses were used to supplement limited service but travelers tell 22News they prefer the train.

While the shutdown was inconvenient for commuters it sped up the timeline of the projects and saved upwards of $2 million in project costs.

“I feel lucky today because I just realized they were doing work over the weekend and it’s just back onto service today so I’m glad I picked Tuesday to travel.” Pat Delore of Agawam

Pat Delore is traveling to Switzerland. He’s taking the trains to get him to Newark, New Jersey for a flight, beginning the journey in Springfield. When factoring all the costs of driving his own vehicle to Newark, Delore says taking the train is good for the wallet.

Customers can purchase train tickets to Hartford for as low as $6 and tickets to New Haven can be bought for $11.