The state Department of Transportation will begin running test trains Saturday for the new Hartford Line rail service, which is scheduled to start June 16.
The test trains will not be open to passengers. On Saturday, Amtrak will also increase its daily schedule from 12 to 18 trains.
“With the increase in rail traffic, the Connecticut Department of Transportation wants to remind the public to obey the law at rail crossings,” state DOT Commissioner James Redeker said in a statement. “It can take a mile for a train to come to a complete stop. Drivers should never attempt to drive under or around a closing or closed gate at a street-level rail crossing.”
When service begins, the Hartford Line will run 34 daily trips on weekdays, 12 trips on Saturdays and 13 trips on Sundays.