New Britain Branch of current GRS/PAS may get passenger service revived that last operated in 1956 after a severe flood in August 1956 partly severed service in New Britain.
Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy allocated $1 million for a study on the proposed service which would link up with the New Britain Intermodal Station being completed and to be in service in 2014.
Stations along the route would be at Plymouth (a part of Terryville), Bristol, Plainville, New Britain (at New Station) and Bristol. All proposed service is to be shuttles as are on Springfield Line to and from Plymouth, New Britain and Berlin. Passengers wanting to go to Hartford and New York would transfer to the CT Fastrac Bus-Way service at New Britain to Hartford and board Springfield Line shuttle trains there to New Haven and connect Metro North New Haven Line trains to New York and intermediate locations.
All new stations need to be built on straight sections of track and able to handle trains of 10-12 cars and accommodate ADA requirements.
The service is to be operated by Amtrak or Metro North. Amtrak operates the Springfield Line shuttles for CTDOT.
-Jerome A. Rosenfeld-