Want to head to New London on the weekend? There’s a new way to go. Take the shoreline train.
The new weekend shoreline train service that starts tomorrow will link New Haven to Old Saybrook to New London with shoreline stops in between. Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced this week that the service starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, 2013.
“This is great news for Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “New train service will make it easier and more convenient to get to the coast and ease road congestion during peak season. Visitors come from all over to enjoy Long Island Sound and the great venues near the shoreline. I join Connecticut residents in welcoming summer to the state.”
The new Shore Line East service, operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), will improve the accessibility of Connecticut’s many coastline tourist attractions, provide convenient access to beaches and parks and ease road congestion during peak summer months, the governor said.
The service includes 19 weekend and holiday trains—14 to and from New London and 5 to and from Old Saybrook—in addition to the 30 regular Shore Line East weekday trains. Branford will be one of the weekend stops to and from New London.
From Branford the weekend shoreline trains into New London make four stops leaving Branford at 4:02 p.m., 5:02 p.m., 6:08 p.m and 8:04 p.m.
The morning weekend trains from New London heading to New Haven have stops at Branford: at 6:35 a.m., 8:32 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Parking at the Branford train station lot is free.
Click here for Information on the new service and schedule.
Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said: “The Department continues to work closely with Amtrak to provide reliable and improved Shore Line East train service for Connecticut train riders. The June 1st schedule change, inaugurating regular weekend service to and from New London, provides travel choices for the citizens of Connecticut. He added that the new service to New London on weekends and holidays “complements the expanded New London service offered each weekday.”
Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Kip Bergstrom said expanded service on Shore Line East is great news, “and it’s just in time for the summer tourism rush in southeastern Connecticut,” she said. “Weekend service on one of the busier commuter routes in the state unlocks the tremendous economic potential of the region because of its many popular attractions and destinations. This allows more residents to explore what’s in their own backyards and opens up the New London area to even more visitors and tourists for overnight stays. It’s truly a win-win for the state.”