August 18, 2022

HARTFORD — The Hartford Line rail service will be suspended for two months this summer due to construction projects and will be substituted with a bus service, according to the state Department of Transportation.

DOT announced last week that the construction, which will take place from July 18 through Sept. 9, will focus on replacing the platform canopy at Hartford Union Station and replacing gutters to improve drainage and prevent flooding and standing water.

One other change will be a rail realignment, according to Josh Morgan, communications manager at the Connecticut DOT.

“The track will be moved several feet away from the embankment,” Morgan said. “It’s a safety enhancement, but it also makes the ride less bumpy for riders.”

In May, there were about 45,000 total trips on the Hartford line, according to the DOT.

Closing the rail will allow the construction to happen “faster, safer and cheaper” than if DOT did the construction while the train was active, Morgan said. The closure will affect CTrail and Amtrak trains. While the project is expected to be finished by Sept. 9, Morgan said it will depend on the weather.

To replace the service, DOT announced buses will run the duration of the construction. The full bus schedule will be posted July 1.

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