Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has entered into a contract with Alstom for the purchase of 60 new single-level rail coach cars. Valued at $315 million, this investment is part of the state’s ongoing rail car-renewal program and aims to provide a modernized and comfortable transit experience for commuters.
The new rail cars are slated for delivery beginning in 2026 and will primarily serve the Hartford Line and the branches of the New Haven Line.
Lamont emphasized the significance of the deal, stating, “Having a modernized transit system with safe, comfortable, and convenient access to work, home, and fun is essential to attracting the kind of businesses and workforce talent we need to grow good-paying jobs and remain economically competitive. Connecticut is the home of the busiest rail line in the nation, and the purchase of these new rail cars continues our efforts to deliver better and more reliable service for commuters.”
The agreement promises 60 fully customized, sustainable, next-generation commuter rail cars that will feature a two-by-two seating configuration, enabling easy access for passengers using mobility aids. Passengers can look forward to enjoying amenities such as overhead luggage racks, foldable workstation tables, bicycle storage areas, reliable Wi-Fi connections, real-time information displays, power outlets, and USB ports.
Additionally, the rail cars will feature panoramic balcony-style windows, allowing natural sunlight to flow through the interiors and offering riders an enhanced viewing experience.
Source : CT News