As dedicated CT inhabitants that happen to have excellent taste in music, we are also very interested in the development and sharing of Connecticut arts and culture in general. The new Hartford Line has us excited because it has the potential to create new physical and sociocultural pathways and hubs to explore in our state. It also helps us get to the gig.
This upcoming weekend, from June 16th to the 17th, the new Hartford Line will be free of charge (After that it will cost approximately 4-8 bucks depending on your location). As we consider experimenting with using the new rail to travel around the state, below are a few points of interest that we are looking forward to visiting.
New Haven: The New Haven State Street Station will be far more available than in previous years. Sitting at 370 State Street, the newly remodeled station is a 5-10 minute walking distance from numerous arts and entertainment venues like Cafe Nine and The State House, the Wooster Street Pizzerias, the New Haven Green, and the general downtown area. In addition, numerous CT Transit buses in the city can transport commuters to slightly farther areas.
As the State Street Station service is more limited than New Haven’s main Union Station, CTTransit buses at the nearby New Haven Green offer free service during weekdays to take commuters back to Union Station during later hours. On weekends, numerous buses will provide cheap transport from the New Haven Green to Union Station.
Other Connections: New Haven’s Union Station will allow Hartford Line travelers to transfer to the slightly more costly Metro North and Shoreline East trains, allowing easier transport to Fairfield County-New York City, and New London County-Providence.
The Telegraph Record Store and bar-venue 33 Golden Street in New London’s downtown are both within easy walking distance from the Train Station. The two dollar SeatBus in New London will take you from the Train Station to Ocean Beach.
Wallingford: The Wallingford train station is conveniently located near central CT’s excellent Redscroll Records, the DIY-show frequented WAMLEG, and handful of good bars and restaurants.
Meriden: Meriden’s downtown area is beginning to see the result of decades of clean up and renovations. The new Meriden Green is a pleasant outdoor stop to take during the Central CT commute, and if one is willing to walk the extra minute, The Little Rendezvous in Meriden is arguably the best non-New Haven pizza in the state (fight us).
Hartford: Hartford’s Union Station provides direct access to Downtown Hartford, which allows an easily walkable commute to the underappreciated city’s many untapped and promising resources.
There is, of course, the Hartford Yardgoats’ Dunkin Donuts Park, many (decidedly normie but legit) entertainment hubs that cover a wide variety of entertainment from Kendrick to UCONN Basketball to Classical theatre, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and a bunch of good cafes, breweries, and restaurants.
There is also the free Hartford Dash Shuttle and Limebike, a new super affordable bike sharing app (first ride also free), that can help transport one to other points of interest. Union Station also allows easy bus transport to Bradley Airport via the Bradley Flyerand Boston.