Tommy Meehan wrote:
Noel Weaver wrote:The last I knew there was bus service direct between Hartford and Boston that could outrun any train on any route between these two points. This topic is beginning to get slghtly off the wall.
Hartford to Boston? Yeah that's off the wall alright.
Noel in case you're referring to anything I wrote I was talking about strictly New Haven to Springfield via Hartford.
The article linked (which I guess you didn't read) says CDOT wants to put a 32 trains-a-day service on that route (New Haven to Springfield) since people are already buying monthlies on Amtrak.
What CDOT wants and what actually happens are two different things.
Item, I could get on a bus in Boston and you could get on a train in Boston both bound for Hartford. I would be in Hartford
on the bus before you would be in Springfield on the train. This is why it would not be practical to run a train from Hartford
or New Haven to Boston via Springfield these days.
I think the only case for more passenger train service to/from Worcester would be for a train or two each way a day to New
York via the P & W through either Providence or probably better Norwich.
Some places trains are far superior to buses but Hartford-Boston does not fit on this one. If there was still a direct line,
this went in 1955, and it was in a decent state of maintenance, maybe a train could compete with a bus but this is not the
case and it never again will be. Too much is gone and for too many years.