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Connecticut is strengthening service on two Metro-North rail lines, a move coming along the commuter train that serves Connecticut and New York to move closer to pre-pandemic levels.
Gov. announced. Ned Lamont had six new show trains on the New Haven Line and seven new trains a week on the Waterbury Branch Line that began service on Monday. There was a 47% increase in service on the Waterbury line, which is 27 miles long which has resulted in safety and business improvements.
“Today is the biggest day in the Waterbury branch,” Jim Gildea, director of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council and a rider on the Waterbury line, said during a news conference in Bridgeport. “This is a change. It’s not just for train drivers like me, to get us where we’re going, but for economic development in the cities where this line runs.”
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Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary said the service increased as the population grew in areas of western Connecticut. He said about 4,000 people had moved to his hometown, about a two -hour drive from New York City, during the coronavirus outbreak. He said improvements to the railway line were one of the biggest reasons.
The new show trains leave on the New Haven Line early in the morning and leave Grand Central Terminal later in the evening to accommodate those who are commuting to work only a few days of the week.
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Metro-North MTA President Catherine Rinaldi said Metro-North had a medical record of 174,878 passengers on Tuesday, June 28, which is 67% higher than COVID. On Sunday, June 26, there were less than 100,000 customers, 123% of Metro-North’s pre-COVID baseline for the weekend.
“Metro-North is in the middle of a renaissance right now,” he said.
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