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Shore Line East

By Matt Van Hattem | July 5, 2006

A commuter railroad serving New Haven, Conn.

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Shore Line East
Shore Line East
A Shore Line East commuter train led by GP40-2H 253 rolls through Madison, Ct., in August 1993. This portion of the Northeast Corridor has since been electrified to accommodate Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express.
John Locke, III
Shore Line East commuter operations began in May of 1990, serving 7 stations on a 33-mile segment of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between New Haven and Old Saybrook, Conn. Service was extended 18 miles east to reach New London on February 1, 1996. Limited express service on Metro-North trackage to Stamford, 39 miles west of New Haven, began on December 17, 2001.

Equipment and operations are financed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which also subsidizes part of MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line commuter service.

Discounted combination Shore Line East/Metro-North monthly commutation tickets are available for passengers traveling west of New Haven to New York City and intermediate points. Monthly ticket holders can also board designated Amtrak trains running east of New Haven.

Shore Line East trains are operated by Amtrak under contract, and maintained by Amtrak employees in ConnDOT’s New Haven commuter rail shops. Equipment consists of GP40-2H locomotives rebuilt from CSX GP38’s and GP40’s by AMF Transport, and single-level Bombardier commuter cars. (ConnDOT also keeps in reserve a handful of rebuilt F7A’s and demotored Budd SPV-2000’s, the latter nicknamed Constitution Liners.)

In a nod to the past, Shore Line East locomotives are lettered and painted for the New Haven Railroad. ConnDOT FL9M’s and P32ACDM’s used on Metro-North also wear the same 1950’s-era McGinnis livery. In 2005, ConnDOT acquired former P40 Genesis locomotives from Amtrak.

Shore Line East provides peak-period service Monday through Friday. The majority of trains leave Old Saybrook and New London in the morning, and depart New Haven in the evening.

A limited number of flip-back trains offer non-stop express service eastbound to Old Saybrook in the morning and westbound to New Haven in the evening. One additional round-trip runs on Friday afternoons in the summer. One morning round trip continues west from New Haven to Stamford and back, and one evening eastbound train originates at Stamford.

Shore Line East passengers can also use two CTTransit buses for additional rush-hour service to and from Old Saybrook and Guilford.

Trains do not operate on Saturday, Sunday, or major holidays.

389 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
(800) ALL-RIDE (255-7433)
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