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Hartford Rail Line service to launch in 2018

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Service on an Amtrak Hartford rail line should launch in Jan. 2018, according to the governor’s office.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced funding to complete the construction of the Hartford Line commuter rail service.

Malloy said the state bond commission will vote next week to approve the allocation of $155 million to complete construction, which should wrap up in 2017.

“We are getting this project done,” Malloy said. “Instead of letting this languish for years and years, we are stepping up to the plate as a state to stand up for better transportation, more jobs, and economic development.”

Four station projects are in construction and set to be completed before the start of service.

Malloy said that every weekend, centuries-old and undersized culverts and drainage structures are replaced. The roadbed is currently being excavated for a second track.

“Communities that will be served by the Hartford Line are planning transit-oriented development projects around their stations, including Meriden, which already has a mixed use development in construction right across the street from the station,” Malloy said.

The allocation of funds would bring the total amount of money for programs in the corridor to $643 million. Malloy said $208 million is federal funding and $435 is state funding.

The cost to upgrade the Hartford Line is $570 million.

An addition $73 million is going toward investments like a platform at the State Street station, renovations of the Berlin station and designs of five new stations.

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