Connecticut puts Springfield-New Haven commuter rail service out to bid

December 31, 2014

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is looking for an operator to run its planned New Haven to Springfield commuter CTrail Hartford line service.

The $365 million project is expected to provide trains at least every half hour during peak hours from Springfield to New Haven with stops at Hartford and other stops in between. Trains are expected to start rolling in late 2016, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation…

The request for qualifications, issued earlier this month, fulfills a promise made by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to put the project out to bid.

“Basically they are going out into the marketplace and saying to rail operators ‘Give us your best proposal,'” Brennan said.

The MBTA did something similar with its suburban Boston commuter rail lines, resulting last year in a $2.7 billion eight-year contract with French company Keolis…

Brennan said a similar bid process might be used in the future to provide more frequent service north of Springfield or running east and west to Boston through Worcester…

Read the rest of the story in Mass Live, 31 Decenber 2014

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