Malloy: CTfastrak Proves Rail Service Will Transform 'Knowledge Corridor'

SPRINGFIELD – When Hartford Line trains start running next spring, they'll fuel a long-term renaissance for Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday.

"You'll be able to get from New York to New Haven and then come up to Hartford and Springfield and beyond. We're going to run those trains regularly — it's going to make it easier to go to school in the area, and easier to go to work in the area," he said.

Malloy's forecast met enthusiastic applause from an audience that could hardly respond in any other way: Attendees at a regional transportation conference.

Transit advocates, business leaders and officials from nearly...