HARTFORD, CT, July 12, 2002 - Metro-North Railroad has made getaways to Connecticut an easy connection for busy New Yorkers who only have a "New York minute" to plan an easy escape. New getaway packages begin at $24.75 for adults, leaving from Grand Central Station and include discount round-trip rail fare, and discount venue admission to a wide variety of attractions including: a cruise to the beautiful Thimble Islands; sea discoveries and thrilling I-MAX theater shows at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk; star-studded entertainment plus a roll of the dice at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos; and adventure in charming Essex -- voted the number one small town in America.

Travelers will benefit even further with the special Metro-North/Hertz Discount which allows them to ride the train to Stamford or New Haven stations, then rent a Hertz car, conveniently located at the station, at a five or ten percent savings depending on the car rental.

Savvy travelers will want to combine a Metro-North package with an overnight stay at one of the state's many charming B&B's or inns that dot the rolling hills and picturesque towns. From strolling Connecticut's beaches to afternoon drives along the state's numerous scenic byways, plus gourmet dining and antiquing, unforgettable summer days in Connecticut are well within reach.

For more information or to request a free Metro-North's Getaways booklet call 212-532-4900; outside of New York City, call 800-METRO-INFO or visit www.mta.info. Most packages can be purchased at Metro-North ticket offices, at ticket machines and online. Packages cannot be purchased onboard trains.

Prices vary according to the type of trip booked. For more information on Connecticut or to request a free Connecticut Vacation Guide call 1-800-CTBOUND (1-800-282-6863). Media can visit www.louhammond.com 24/7; download releases/photography.

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Contact:

Outside CT Public Relations Agency:
Donna DiMaio Rooney/Terence Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 891-0214
E-mail: [email]donnadr@lhammond.com<br[/email] />
In-State Public Relations Agency:
Nicky McHugh
McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey
Tel: (203) 624-4151
E-mail: [email]nickym@mdcads.com<br[/email] />
Connecticut Office of Tourism:
Ed Dombroskas
Executive Director
Tel: (860-) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us