Electric trains have arrived for Shore Line East

Shoreline East gets electric rail cars
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 8:40 AM EDT
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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - The first M8 electric trains on Shore Line East have arrived.

Gov. Ned Lamont held a news conference for Monday afternoon to announce them.

Lamont said the electric trains emit no carbon emissions and are faster and have more amenities for riders compared to the diesel trains.

Metro-North introduced them to the New Haven Line in 2011.

The governor was joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti, Metro-North president/Long Island Rail Road interim president Catherine Rinaldi, and Amtrak assistant vice president Tom Moritz.

The new cars officially start Tuesday.

“My life has come full circle, when I was 8 I spent a lot of time talking about electric trains and playing with them. Now 60 years later I’m doing the exact same thing and it makes an enormous difference,” Lamont said.

The new electrical cars will replace the older diesel engines on the shoreline route from New Haven’s Union Station up the coast to New London.

“These M8s accelerate out of the station quicker, have higher top speeds, are quieter inside and out and emit no carbon emission,” said Giuletti.

Riders on Metro North’s New Haven Line have been taking these cars for more than 10 years.

“These cars will make CT the cleanest, safest, quickest and most comfortable of lines in the country and the shoreline deserves it,” said Blumenthal.

The newer and more reliable ride intends to improve the customer experience for residents and visitors for years to come.

“This event has been a long time coming and its great that these cars are beginning service this week creating better service, better connectivity between our railways,” said Rinaldi.

The train trip from New Haven to New London runs about an hour and 20 minutes.