Construction will start soon on three new train stations in Connecticut along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) rail line. The stations will be in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin.
A new logo also has been released for the new commuter service, which will be branded the “Hartford Line.” The logo will be prominently displayed at all Hartford Line stations and in marketing materials.
Construction of the stations will begin this fall and will be completed by the launch of enhanced rail service in late 2016, according to state officials. The construction contract was awarded to Judlau Construction of New York for $58.8 million.
From platforms to pedestrian bridges
Improvements at these stations include high-level platforms (both sides of the track), overhead pedestrian bridge with new elevators and stair towers on both sides of the track to connect the two platforms, platform snow melt systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and ticket vending machines and passenger information display systems.
Also, public-announcement and high-resolution video surveillance systems, increased parking capacity and roadway access improvements, improved accessibility for the mobility impaired (ADA complaint), and bicycle racks.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the new train stations will lead to local economic and transit-oriented development activities nearby, “with the ultimate goal of increasing municipal revenue, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life for residents and increasing our competitiveness as a state.”
Federal and state funding
The NHHS rail line is being funded through the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, and state of Connecticut bonding.
James Redeker, state transportation commissioner, said the new rail stations and Hartford Line logo shows the state’s commitment to expanding regional passenger rail service.
“Once the new Hartford Line service is launched, the frequency of weekday round-trip trains will increase from six to 17 trains between New Haven and Hartford, with up to 12 trains continuing north to Springfield, Mass.,” Redeker said.
— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald