Proposed North Haven railroad station benefits from new grants [Record-Journal]

September 28, 2015

Record-Journal

NORTH HAVEN —A $700,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration and $200,000 in matching state funds to conduct studies of transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield railroad corridor “comes at a perfect time for us in North Haven,” first selectman Mike Freda said.

The grant, announced earlier this month, will help with four new train stations, including one planned for Devine Street.

Freda said he is unsure how much of the grant money North Haven will receive but discussed details of the project

“We have been working with the state Department of Transportation to plan the station, and 15 to 30 percent of the design phase is complete,” Freda said. “We’ve completed a rough draft of what the station will look like and we’re working with DOT on sidewalks, crosswalks, signalization and connecting the future station to State Street. Once the station opens it will provide service north and south to New York City.”

After the design is completed, additional federal funding will be needed to pay for construction, Freda said. He does not expect that town funds will be used.
Freda anticipates ground breaking for the new station in two years.

The first selectman has worked with State Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven and State Rep. Dave Yaccarino, R-North Haven, on the project.

“Connecticut needs to get serious about improving transportation across the state,” Fasano said. “Developing public transit opportunities and rail service right here in North Haven would help grow jobs, expand our economic development potential and strengthen our community.”

“This grant is a start toward providing much more opportunity for our commuters, and even job creation,” Yaccarino said. “Public transit is a viable alternative to driving, and it is an important aspect to reducing traffic congestion in the New Haven corridor and the entire state.”