[Excerpt from Yale Daily News article]

“When the CTrail Hartford Line launches, it will be a game-changer for the state,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in an Oct. 23 statement. “It will position Connecticut as a more attractive place for new business investment, provide transit options for our current residents and will attract new residents who don’t want to be automobile dependent.”

About 200,000 workers in the New Haven area live within a few miles of the new service, according to Mark Abraham ’04, the executive director of DataHaven, a nonprofit that analyzes data on the New Haven area. Of those workers, one in eight work in the Hartford area.

Abraham, who periodically commutes from New Haven to Hartford, said the train service “will be significantly more pleasant and cost-effective than driving, parking or taking the bus, especially at peak hours when trains run frequently.”

.... Gjede acknowledged that the new rail system will increase foot and car traffic at the rail’s station, which Abraham said would benefit nearby businesses and retail operations by creating a larger market of people to draw from.

Some of those customers will be Yale affiliates like Mariel Barocas ’21, whose home is in Connecticut. She was surprised by the price of a ticket, which is cheaper than the roughly $15 Greyhound bus ride and more than $60 Uber fare from New Haven to Hartford.

“$8 is really cheap, especially compared to the other ways of getting to Hartford,” Barocas said. “It will make it easier to get to Hartford, and, hopefully, it will reduce traffic.”