Starting Monday, there is no longer a train that can get travelers from Hartford, Connecticut, into Springfield, Massachusetts, before 9:00 a.m.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation was running a train that left Hartford at 5:25 a.m. on weekdays, and arrived in Springfield just after 6:00.
But effective Monday, the earliest a commuter riding the Hartford Line will be able to arrive is 9:47.
Some thoughts on the new @hartfordline schedule:
1- changing the 4:35 am train to Hartford to 5:55 is probably a smart idea. I took that train to work early once, and it was pretty empty. Working in Hartford, having the option to get into work 30m earlier is a nice option. pic.twitter.com/RJ1DtkDzvO
— Carmen Baskauf (@cbaskauf) April 5, 2019
Rich Andreski with the Connecticut DOT said that by redeploying the train, the state can satisfy requests from Connecticut commuters.
"What's behind the schedule is to give folks another option, so those traveling from New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Connecticut — give them another option to arrive in Hartford before 9:00 a.m.," he said.
Andreski said only four to 10 riders were making the Hartford-to-Springfield early morning trip.
He said his agency has not determined whether there would be greater demand for a train that arrived closer to 9:00 a.m., but that such service would require additional track capacity that doesn't currently exist.