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Bikes now allowed on new Hartford rail line

August 17, 2018

Bicycles are now allowed on board Connecticut’s newest rail line, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

“With the growing success of the Hartford Line, we are pleased to announce that we will now allow bikes on board, providing passengers with more car-free travel options,” said Public Transportation Chief Richard Andresk.

He said in response to customer requests and outreach by the bicycle advocate community, DOT conducted an analysis which determined that bicycles could be safely stored on board CTrail Hartford Line trains.

The new policy that went into effect Thursday, allows customers to bring their bicycles on board any CTrail Hartford Line train. The bicycles must be stored in accordance with crew member directions to ensure the safety of customers and train crews..

Collapsible and folding bicycles will also be permitted on any CTrail Hartford Line train, but must be folded or collapsed before boarding the train. Collapsible and folding bicycles must be stored in luggage storage areas at the end of the coach or under a seat, and are not to be stored in overhead racks.

These protocols will remain in place until bike racks are installed on all CTrail Hartford Line coaches. The bike rack installation will begin in fall 2018 and continue through early 2019, providing a permanent storage area for bicycles.

Service on the Hartford line from New Haven to Springfield started in June. The new lie means riders and commuters in Bridgeport or Stamford can take a Metro-North train to New Haven, board a new CTrail train to Hartford, and stop at places in between.

The ambitious project that began some 15 years ago as an idea offer relatively low rates — a one-way trip from New Haven to Hartford is $8 — and links to Metro-North’s New Haven Line, existing Amtrak service, the Shoreline East Line to Rhode Island and Metro-North’s New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines.

By using connections to the different rail lines, a traveler could go to Washington D.C, or Boston, and points in between, on the same integrated system.

Bicycles are allowed aboard MNR trains at most times outside of rush hours and major holidays. See the Metro-North Railroad bike pages for details.

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