Shore Line East

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Shore Line East (SLE) is a commuter rail service operating in southern Connecticut, USA. A fully owned subsidiary of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), SLE provides service seven days a week along the Northeast Corridor from New London west to New Haven, with continuing service to Bridgeport and Stamford, and connecting service to New York, New York via the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. It operates along tracks owned by Amtrak (New London to New Haven) and the state of Connecticut (New Haven to Stamford).


Shore Line East was established as a temporary service to newly-reopened local stations between Union Station in New Haven and Old Saybrook, to alleviate traffic congestion that arose from scheduled construction work on the parallel Interstate 95.

Most weekday Shore Line East trains run local westbound from Old Saybrook to New Haven in the morning, with some nonstop eastbound service. This traffic pattern is reversed in the afternoon and evening rush. A handful operate through New Haven to or from Stamford.

Service to the New London Station has been cut down to a single train in each direction on weekdays, the result of Amtrak being forced by the United States Coast Guard to curtail traffic over the Amtrak Old Saybrook-Old Lyme Bridge across the Connecticut River. The Coast Guard has jurisdiction over marine traffic, and thus over how often the bridge can be closed to allow a train to pass. New London SLE monthly pass holders are allowed to board selected Regional trains instead. There is no through service to New London on weekends. There are plans to increase service to New London.

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Shore Line East
Rideworks 195 Church Street - 9th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
United States

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