Shoreline Commuter Rail Sees Bump In Passengers

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The Shore Line East branch of the commuter rail between New Haven and New London is busier than ever.

Gov. Dan Malloy said in a press release that a new passenger record was set last month with 63,959 trips.

“It’s clear that residents, whether commuters going to work or tourists visiting historic shoreline sites, are taking advantage of this service,” Malloy said. “Investments in public transportation not only mean more convenience and reduced congestion, they also pay dividends throughout the local and regional economy.”

The line has 34 weekday and 21 weekend and holiday trains. There are also four through trains to and from Stamford each weekday.

James P. Redeker, the Connecticut transportation commissioner, said there was a five percent ridership jump from June to July because of a special service added for Sail Fest.

Through July of 2014 there were 382,716 rides. In 2013 there were 375,524 rides over the same period, and ridership throughout 2013 had a five percent increase over 2012.

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