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Taking the train along the Hartford Line this summer? For this reason, you may need to take a bus instead

If you plan to take a CTrail or Amtrak train along the Hartford Line this summer, the state Department of Transportation wants you to know that you may need to transfer to a bus instead.

The upcoming train service adjustments will go into effect on May 28 and remain in effect until November 1 on the Hartford Line for the Windsor Locks Station and Track Improvement Project. The major construction project will replace the existing Windsor Locks station with a new station with elevated platforms, new lighting fixtures and ADA accessible features. In addition, new signal boxes will be installed and existing level crossings will be maintained with additional safety devices.

“These temporary service changes are being implemented to allow these projects to be completed as quickly as possible, as the work cannot be safely completed while the rail line is in operation,” said Benjamin Limmer, head of the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Office of Public Transit. “Thank you to Hartford Line riders for your patience and understanding as these important projects move forward.”

Several weekday CTrail and Amtrak trains will be replaced by bus service between Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts. Weekend train service will not be affected, according to the DOT. The rail tariffs apply to the replacement buses. Riders will still need to purchase a CTrail or Amtrak ticket to board the replacement buses.

Bus departure times may be earlier than regular train departure times at stations and buses stop in Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Springfield, Massachusetts. Passengers will be directed to the bus pick-up and drop-off location by signage on the platform.

Anyone wishing to use the Hartford Line is encouraged to visit www.hartfordline.com or www.amtrak.com for the latest service information.

Stephen Underwood can be reached at sunderwood@courant.com

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