Connecticut announced the arrival of electric trains.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that effective Tuesday, May 24, 2022, electric trains will begin running on the Shore Line East (SLE).
The M8 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) have been long awaited by Shore Line East customers and represent a substantial improvement over older diesel-powered trainsets. The electric trains emit zero carbon emissions and include additional amenities for passengers, such as power outlets at each seat, brighter interior spaces, updated lavatories, taller rear seats and luggage racks improved.
Governor Lamont was joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti, Federal Railroad Administration rail safety specialist Peter Lapré, MTA Metro-North Chairman/ Long Island Rail Road Acting President Catherine Rinaldi, Amtrak Assistant Vice President Tom Moritz, and local elected officials and community partners during an announcement at Union Station this afternoon to launch the electric trains.
“The commissioning of these electric trains is an important milestone for Shore Line East,” Governor Lamont said. “This is a long overdue improvement that has been delivered. We speed up transportation across the state and save people time in their day. At the same time, we are fighting climate change by investing in cleaner and greener transport. We are investing in rail transportation statewide and delivering on our promise to make our trains faster, quieter and more efficient. »
“Electric trains on Shore Line East have been discussed for many years, and there were a lot of hurdles to overcome,” Commissioner Giulietti said. “Today’s service changes required the collective efforts of CTDOT, Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad and the Federal Rail Administration. Thank you to everyone involved in helping us cross the finish line. Beyond the direct environmental benefit, these trains are quieter inside and out, offer a more comfortable ride and have upgraded amenities that passengers will appreciate. I hope the public will come and try the Shore Line East service.
“These newer, more reliable, all-electric M8 trains on Shore Line East will both improve the customer experience for visitors and Connecticut residents and further reduce our carbon footprint,” Moritz said. “The benefits travelers will derive from these trains are due to the strong partnership we have with Governor Lamont, the State of Connecticut and Metro-North, all of whom share Amtrak’s commitment to rail and infrastructure investment. .
“Metro-North appreciates our partnership with the Connecticut DOT, whose Shore Line East service connects customers to Connecticut’s Eastern Shore cities,” said Rinaldi. “These M8 cars will improve the customer experience by providing faster and more reliable service, which should encourage more people to leave their cars at home and take the train.”
M8 EMU trains have been in service on the New Haven line for over ten years and have worked very well. The use of electric trains on the New Haven line and on SLE also promises future service improvements.
To view the current SLE schedule and check for news and alerts, visit ShoreLineEast.com. To receive SLE alerts on mobile devices or via email, visit ShorelineEast.com/service-alerts. For more information about Amtrak, visit Amtrak.com. Information on all rail services in Connecticut is available at CTrail.com.
The requirement to wear a mask on public transportation has been lifted and is no longer enforced on the Hartford Line, Shore Line East and at railroad facilities in Connecticut. Under current CDC guidelines, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Customers who feel ill should not use public transport.
New Haven line services are operated by Metro-North and therefore follow New York State guidelines. Visit new.mta.info for details on Metro-North’s current mask requirements prior to travel.
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