Trial Service to Greenfield to Launch Aug. 30

A two-year pilot program begins Aug. 30 in which Amtrak will extend shuttle service to Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The shuttles currently operate between New Haven, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The test will examine demand for expanded rush-hour service in the Knowledge Corridor connecting with Northeast Corridor trains. It will add 40 miles to the route of the shuttles.

The pilot program will have two weekday round trips going south in the morning and north in the evening.

This service will be addition to the daily Vermonter that operates between Washington and St. Albans, Vermont.

Trains will depart Greenfield at 5:45 a.m. and 7:35 a.m., and return at 10:23 p.m. and 12:38 a.m.

All trains will connect in New Haven with other Northeast Corridor trains.

On weekends, northbound train No. 400 departs the newly refurbished Springfield Union Station at 7:50 a.m. without a connection from New Haven, then turns back south as an extension to train 461.

In the evening, northbound No. 488 from New Haven heads to Greenfield at 6:45 p.m., but returns only as far as Springfield as train No. 499, departing at 8:10 p.m.

The State of Massachusetts is not underwriting the fare being charged for the new service. Instead, Amtrak is using its “saver” and “value” yield management fare system dictate pricing.

It is not certain how the program will be evaluated to determine its success.

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