Interested rail passengers can now get information on events, fares and schedules at the new CTrail Hartford Line website launched Thursday.
The state Department of Transportation created the www.hartfordline.com website to give riders insight into what to expect when increased commuter rail service begins in May.
“It will offer more comprehensive information, and be fully functional when the new rail service launches,” Public Transportation Bureau Chief Richard Andreski said in a statement.
The $700 million Hartford Line increases rail service from New Haven to Hartford by 11 more trains per day, bringing the total to 17. Twelve will continue north to Springfield. The improvements involved new signaling equipment, double-tracking the corridor from New Haven to Windsor and building new train stations in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin.
The website features a trip planner tool that allows users to review schedules and plan trips. At this time, the trip planner is a tool for demonstration purposes only, and users will not be able to make reservations or purchase tickets until the Hartford Line service launches. The website operates on a variety of devices including mobile phones and tablets.
It features news and a frequently asked questions section for queries about connecting service options, senior discounts and the permitting of bicycles on trains.
The website will add more information on features, including detailed information on connections to other local transit options; interactive, 360-degree views of the stations and milestone events as the service approaches its launch date.
Amtrak trains are included in the Hartford Line schedule and are priced differently. For instance, a seat on a Hartford Line train from Meriden to Hartford for May 16 is priced at $4.50 one way. The Hartford Line site contains links to Amtrak’s reservation website. If booked now, a one-way ticket is $9 for the same date.