Workers, tourists using new CT rail Hartford Line in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield took part in a major milestone over the weekend, as the new CT rail Hartford Line took off from Union Station and traveled to Hartford and New Haven.

The CT rail Hartford Line is the first new passenger rail service to open in Connecticut in nearly 30 years.

Governor Malloy of Connecticut announced Sunday that more than 10,000 people rode the rail during its opening day of service during the free travel weekend.

Monday marked the first official work day of passengers having access to the CT rail Hartford Line, so we came to Union Station to find out what they think about having this new addition.

Some people too busy to stop, said they were riding the train for work… but not everyone was riding for that reason.

“Today.. just to look around,” said Hartford resident, Dave Holmes. “I’m familiar with Springfield with Springfield for many years, but I haven’t been up here for about five or six years. I’m thinking maybe in the fall I’ll be coming up here more often, maybe go to the Springfield civic center or something like that.” 

A regular one way ticket from Springfield to Hartford is $6 and will cost you $12.75 to get to New Haven. 

Amtrak is operating half the trains in service.

The new service will now double the number of daily trips between Springfield and Connecticut.

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