WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy says a commuter rail project costing nearly $700 million will connect the state's suburbs to New York, Boston and other big cities.

The Democratic governor announced Monday that CTrail Hartford Line will be operated through a joint partnership between TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts.

Officials say the commuter rail connecting Hartford, New Haven and Springfield will begin taking passengers in May of next year. New stations are being planned for Enfield, North Haven, West Hartford and Newington.

Trains will stop every 45 minutes during peak hours and every 90 minutes during non-peak times.

Amtrak owns the railway and will be responsible for its maintenance.