Quick Facts

In June 2018, the new Hartford Line service launched, bringing passengers safe, reliable, and stress-free improved rail service between New Haven and Springfield and points beyond. To see how this exciting new service moves more people every day, here are some fun facts and figures as of April 30, 2019.

These quick facts and figures will be updated over time, so check back regularly to find new and interesting insights into the Hartford Line.

Less Stress, Cleaner Air, and a Stronger Connecticut

Since opening, passengers have taken over on the Hartford Line to travel to work, school, or somewhere fun.

That's almost as many people as would fill the seats of .

That's almost as many people as would fill the seats of .

That's almost the population of Connecticut.

And they've traveled over in total.

That's like driving round trip between New Haven and Montreal more than .

That's like flying around the Earth (at the equator) more than .

That's about the distance to Mars.

Safer Lives and a Healthier Environment

Traveling on the Hartford Line affords passengers with more time to read, work, and talk to friends. Since opening, it is estimated that passengers have safely sent more than that otherwise may have been sent while driving (based on the average number of texts people send when driving).

There are enough words in those texts to fill almost of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There are enough words in those texts to fill almost of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

There are enough words in those texts to fill almost of the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Commuting by train reduces total car emissions. Over have been avoided by passengers who rode the Hartford Line instead of driving.

It would take more than for the 2,500 trees at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford to absorb that much CO2.

It would take more than for all of Hartford's trees to absorb that much CO2.

It would take more than for all of New Haven's trees to absorb that much CO2.

Leave the Car at Home

New Haven-bound commuters can save as much as in parking, fuel and vehicle maintenance expenses.

These savvy riders can put some of their savings toward a bike-share membership, which makes it even easier to get to and from the train station without a car.

Even with the cost of monthly station parking, rail fair, and a bike-share membership, New Haven-bound commuters can save as much as , which is enough to pick up .

Even with the cost of monthly station parking, rail fair, and a bike-share membership, New Haven-bound commuters can save as much as , which is enough to chow down on every month.

Economic Development Along the Hartford Line

The new service has accomplished more than just improving commuting in the area. It has invigorated development activity around the Hartford Line stations. Over the past few years, an estimated has been invested in new development.

Approximately and have been constructed or are being designed. These new transit-oriented developments serve as places where people can live, shop, eat and have fun, with easy access to commute by rail.