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It takes time to plan, design, engineer and construct improvements to an active Amtrak and freight rail line. This is particularly the case where the improvements must be phased over several years to match the availability of funding. With engineering completed and construction in progress, the goal for the The CTrail Hartford Line is to launch new passenger rail service in January 2018. This will require an aggressive schedule for completing upgrades to the rail line, constructing stations and planning for the new passenger rail service. As Amtrak owns the rail line, it is responsible for much of the construction work, including use of a Track Construction Machine to install the new ties, rail and ballast.
The current schedule includes the following approximate milestones, which are likely to change as the work matures: