Senator Frantz Applauds $460,000 Grant to Improve Glenbrook and Springdale Train Stations

October 13, 2011

State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) today applauded a decision by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to award a $460,000 grant to the City of Stamford for parking and redevelopment studies and assessments for the Glenbrook and Springdale station areas related to the New Canaan Branch of the New Haven Rail Line.

“Smart investments in our transportation infrastructure pay dividends by reducing traffic congestion on our highways, reducing pollution in our air, and encouraging economic development in our region. I’m pleased that the City of Stamford was awarded this funding which will ultimately help to improve parking and access to the Glenbrook and Springdale train stations,” said Senator Frantz.

Stamford was one of 11 cities, towns and regional planning organizations awarded state aid for the planning and facilitation of “transit-oriented development” (TOD) projects – work aimed at better linking communities and their transportation infrastructure, such as rail and bus stations.

The funding for this grant was approved by the State Bond Commission earlier this year and municipalities were encouraged to apply. Twenty-three applications totaling $13.2 million were received by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which, together, made the final determinations on the awards. Input on the applications also came from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Department of Economic & Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. The grants will be administered by DOT.