Amtrak’s new Valley Flyer service begins Friday

The daily service will run between Greenfield, Mass., and New Haven, Conn.

Union Station in Springfield
The Valley Flyer will stop at Union Station in Springfield. –Lane Turner / The Boston Globe

A new daily Amtrak train service between Greenfield, Mass., and New Haven, Conn., begins this week.

The Valley Flyer, the result of a partnership between Amtrak and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will begin service on Aug. 30, according an Amtrak press release. It will operate on a trial basis through fall 2021 with a goal of 24,000 riders a year.

The train will make 12 stops a day and travel along the Connecticut River. The Valley Flyer will make station stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield. It will also connect with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor at New Haven and serve stations between New Haven and Springfield.

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“This pilot program could be a game-changer for our region, better connecting travelers and businesses while growing our economy,” said U.S. Rep. James McGovern, in a press release. “The Valley Flyer will finally make it possible for those in the Knowledge Corridor to commute to places like New York City and back in the same day while bringing more travelers into Massachusetts.”

Amtrak currently runs service along the same rail corridor via its Vermonter train, which connects St. Albans, Vermont, to Washington, D.C. That service, however, only travels in each direction once a day.

The Valley Flyer will leave Greenfield at 5:45 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. and travel from New Haven to Greenfield at 7:35 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. on weekdays. The trip takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes. On holidays and weekends, the Valley Flyer will leave Greenfield once in the morning and evening and New Haven once in the evening.

“Our administration continues to prioritize efforts to improve and expand transit opportunities in all corners of the Commonwealth, and the new Valley Flyer passenger rail pilot is an important step forward as we seek to meet the needs of residents and communities in Western Massachusetts,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press release. “We look forward to this opportunity to partner with Amtrak and other stakeholders to bring this important new rail service to support communities from Springfield to Greenfield.”

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Travelers can buy tickets for Valley Flyer on Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app, at Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.