njt/mnrrbuff wrote: ↑Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:03 pm Yes, I got you now about the I-91 part. From Springfield to New Haven, it takes just over an hour in little traffic. Ctrail trains, counting padding in the schedule, take an hour and thirty two minutes from Springfield to New Haven while many of the Amtrak trains that accept Ctrail tickets are ten minutes faster than Ctrail trains. The Amtrak Vermonter is scheduled to take one hour and twenty five minutes counting padding. I'm sure that if it leaves Meriden on time heading southbound and Windsor Locks on time heading northbound, the southbound will arrive into NHV a few minutes early. The northbound Vermonter would arrive into Springfield a few minutes early too. The travel times on the trains from Springfield to New Haven are almost time competitive with driving and when traffic is at a standstill on I-91, even for a few miles, watch that two car Amtrak Shuttle train pass traffic at at least 90 mph between Wallingford and Mill River Interlocking in New Haven.The length of I-91 in CT is about 60 miles. Plus another 5 to get you into Springfield center itself. During midday hours, you'd have to be moving pretty good to make that trip in an hour. The congestion at Exit 29 will eat up at least a few minutes and its only going to get worse while Exit 29 gets relocated to the left and the whole roadway rebuilt through Wethersfield, into Hartford. Southbound, you usually have a little slowdown by the I-84 interchange in Hartford and again coming into Meriden.
It's hard to believe, that prior to 1990, I-91 north of Hartford was 2 lanes (each way).