SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Some passengers riding Amtrak between New Haven and Springfield may soon need to switch to a bus for part of their trip.
Beginning Monday, Amtrak will begin a substitute bus operation for certain weekday morning and evening shuttles. The buses are needed to accommodate construction of a second track as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program.
Addition of the second track is supposed to allow for an increase in service from the current six round-trip trains per day to 17 round-trip trains per day south of Hartford and 12 per day north of Hartford.
The switch from train service to Amtrak bus shuttles for some riders is expected to last for the next year while work on the second track goes on.
According to Amtrak’s website, travelers you should call ahead if they were planning on using this rail line, because many of the southbound buses leave about 20 minutes earlier than the train was scheduled for.
The following is Amtrak’s web posting about the service changes:
“To accommodate a long-term track work project, Springfield Shuttle Trains 470, 476, 479, 490, 493 and 495 will be canceled on Monday through Friday from August 3, 2015 through July 2016. Passengers will be provided bus service to and from the following stations:
- New Haven
- Windsor Locks
Local Southbound Buses Depart Earlier
“Buses 2479, 2493 and 2495 destined for New Haven will depart Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford 20 minutes earlier than the respective train schedules. Contact Amtrak for bus schedules. All other buses will operate according to the respective train schedules.
“We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).”