Thanks, shadyjay. I moved to NoH in 1989, and had heard there was a station there, but I never saw the platforms. Now the mystery is solved!
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BandA wrote:So they won't be responsible for track, dispatch, row maintenance or equipment?. They will be responsible for the operating crew? and cleaning? and maintenance of the stations that aren't Amtrak stops?It's the same as Keolis for MBTA commuter rail, but on a much smaller scale. Keolis runs the commuter trains on the Providence Line, but it's under Amtrak dispatch and MOW using state-owned equipment. And since the RR union contracts are well-regulated, most front-line jobs are 'portable' across contracts much like many veteran T conductors have had Amtrak, MBCR, and Keolis at the top of their paychecks over the years without needing to change jobs (though in this case the ranks are going to be filled by mostly new hires because it's a pure service expansion).
...I am also pleased to report the final stages of Hartford Line station construction. Wallingford and Meriden stations will be completed this fall with State Street station following by years end and Berlin station in early 2018. Existing Amtrak service passengers will be able to utilize the new stations prior to Hartford Line service launch next spring.Windsor double-tracking expedited:
-James P Reddeker
Hartford Line Service Launching May 2018New Station Design:
A new date has been set for launch of the CTrail Hartford Line service. Previously scheduled for January 2018, the service will now launch in May 2018. This is a result of the recent allocation of $50 million in state funding to install four additional miles of track between Hartford and Windsor.
Postponing the service launch until this additional construction is complete will ensure a seamless launch for the new service and its riders, without the need to implement service outages or other schedule disruptions.
When the Hartford Line service launches next year, 17 round trips between New Haven and Hartford will operate each weekday; 12 of these 17 roundtrips trains will continue on to Springfield. Travelers in New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford and Windsor will board trains every 45 minutes during the morning and evening peak hours, and approximately every 90 minutes during off-peak periods. Hartford Line trains will operate at speeds up to 110 mph, reducing travel time between Springfield and New Haven from an average of 89 minutes to 81 minutes, a savings of 8 minutes.
The service provides direct or connecting service to New York City, Boston and Vermont. With this level of direct and connecting service linking the region, municipalities along the Hartford Line will become magnets for growth – ideal places to live and to relocate businesses that depend on regional markets and travel.
Design Continues for New Hartford Line Stations
2017 marked the start of design and environmental permitting for new CTrail Hartford Line stations in North Haven (intersection of State and Devine Streets), Newington (intersection of Willard and Francis Avenues), West Hartford (intersection of Flatbush and Newfield Avenues), and in Enfield (between Main and River Streets). Windsor and Windsor Locks are current stops along the existing rail line, however station facilities will be relocated. Design for all new stations is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Planned improvements at stations generally includes high-level platforms on both sides of the tracks, as well as the installation of elevators, stairways, an overhead pedestrian bridge to cross the tracks, canopies covering approximately 200 feet of platform length, and surface parking for approximately 100-200 vehicles. Specific to Windsor, a two-level parking deck will be constructed, located behind Town Hall to accommodate approximately 100 rail customers.
Additional enhancements include platform snow melting systems, a passenger information display system, security cameras, and ticket vending machines. Design and environmental permitting efforts for these stations is estimated to cost approximately $20 million. The CTDOT continues to explore federal funding options with the intent of securing construction funding prior to completion of design.
Visit the Program’s website at http://www.nhhsrail.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; to stay informed and view the recently updated Interactive Program Map, shown at right, which
provides additional station specific information.
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Hmm...I wonder if that means the extremely low & narrow clearance rail bridge over Batchelder Rd. is going to be replaced. ... That Batchelder underpass is already an extremely dangerous prospect with the daily traffic surges that happen when Loomis Chaffee School lets out for the day, and all the students who squeeze in the middle of the road to walk in/out that direction.Batchelder Rd Bridge is covered in Pages 12 thru 19 in the linked presentation, with underclearance to increase from 11'9" to 13'6" (13'6" is the max for normal truck height and the min for normal clearance, if I've understood correctly.)
Construction Update: Town of Windsor (June 7-16, 2017)
Beginning on Wednesday, June 7th and continuing daily through Friday, June 16th, Batchelder Road between Broad Street and Mechanic Street in Windsor will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to accommodate construction at the Batchelder Road bridge.
Traffic personnel will be in place throughout the duration of the road closure. Signs, variable message boards and detour routes alerting the public of the closure will be posted on-site prior to the closure.
Please note that this schedule is subject to change.
For construction related questions, please contact Rich Angelicola, Resident Engineer, AECOM at (860) 867-6460.
This work is part of the overall upgrade of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line – now branded as the CTrail Hartford Line – scheduled to begin expanded service in 2018.
Future updates on the status and location of construction activities will be provided on the NHHS Rail Program website at http://www.nhhsrail.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, Facebook, Twitter and by email. To receive email updates, please register on the NHHS Rail Program website.