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Thanksgiving Holiday Service

CTrail Hartford Line wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

In anticipation of increased travel over the Thanksgiving Holiday period, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced additional CTrail Hartford Line service and additional train cars on CTrail Hartford Line and CTrail Shore Line East trains. The added CTrail Hartford Line trains on select days will help to alleviate potential overcrowding. Please note the schedule below:

  • Friday, November 20: Weekday Service (Extra CTrail trains available)
  • Saturday, November 21: Regular Saturday Service
  • Sunday, November 22: Regular Sunday Service
  • Monday, November 23: Regular Weekday Service
  • Tuesday, November 24: Weekday Service (Extra CTrail trains available)
  • Wednesday, November 25: Weekday Service (Extra CTrail trains available)
  • Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving): Saturday Service; NO Amtrak 146
  • Friday, November 27: Saturday Service; NO Amtrak 146
  • Saturday, November 28: Regular Saturday Service
  • Sunday, November 29: Sunday Service (Extra CTrail trains available)

CTrail Hartford Line tickets and U-Pass CT will NOT BE ACCEPTED on Amtrak Northeast Regional Trains 140, 141, 143, 146, 147, 148, 157 from Friday, November 20th through Monday, November 30th. 

Many Amtrak Hartford Line trains are expected to sell out through advance reservation sales and may only accept Amtrak tickets. Customers wishing to ride an Amtrak train during the holiday period are advised to consider using the additional CTrail trains when available, or purchase tickets in advance through, the Amtrak app, or an Amtrak ticket agent.

“While many families may be changing their traditional Thanksgiving plans this year because of the pandemic, we want those who will be traveling this holiday to know that their health and safety is our top priority,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti. “We are taking every precaution possible to keep you safe.”

CTDOT has increased the cleaning of trains and station facilities to keep frontline employees and passengers safe. Passengers must wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing at stations and onboard trains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends six feet from others, when possible. Seating onboard Amtrak and CTrail trains is limited to 50% capacity. These preventative measures will help maintain a safe and healthy travel experience. If you are feeling sick, please do not use public transportation. Passengers can view the schedule here COVID-19 travel requirements here.

Customers are advised to check prior to travel for service updates. 

Traveling early in the day is recommended on CTrail Hartford Line trains. 

Remember to sign up for alerts or update your preferences on our alerts page for the most up to date travel information.

View the official CTDOT press release here.

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In an emergency, call 911. To report something suspicious, tell an authority, Call 1-866-HLS-TIPS (1-866-457-8477) or visit KEEPCTSAFE.COM

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