MERIDEN — Those wishing to try out the Hartford Line during its free opening weekend may have to delay their transportation plans after the trains reached capacity Sunday afternoon.
According to the line’s social media pages, new passengers are not being accepted and additional trains have been dispatched to return riders to their original station. Buses have been sent to Union Station in Hartford to reduce overcrowding.
Two additional departures were added from New Haven at 2:40 p.m. and from Springfield at 5 p.m. Trains run from New Haven to Springfield, with stops in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
Over 10,300 people rode the new line on its first day, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“We saw extraordinary interest in Hartford Line on the first day of service,” Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James Redeker said in a statement released Saturday. “Although the trains were crowded, the excitement was palpable, which could be seen on the many smiling faces. Given the overwhelming demand we experienced Saturday, we are redoubling our efforts to provide more seats and extra service Sunday.”
Wallingford resident Tom Fisher and his wife Linda were turned away from the Wallingford station Saturday morning due to the trains being at capacity.
“I don’t think they expected (this) crowd,” he said.