CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546 NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT 06131-7546
Governor Rell Proposes $5 Million
to Begin Train Station Improvements
Station Inspection Report Posted Online
Governor M. Jodi Rell and the Department of Transportation (DOT) today released the details of the DOT’s Rail Station Inspection Report. In her 2007-2009 budget, Governor Rell committed $5 million in her third transportation package as a kick-off to fund a statewide rail station improvement program to be managed by DOT. The $5 million seed money will address immediate maintenance and amenity issues as identified in each Station Inspection Report.
“If we are going to accomplish our mission of getting more commuters out of their cars and onto trains, we need – our commuters deserve – safe, attractive and functional stations and parking facilities. I have already committed $5 million toward addressing the issues outlined in this report, and we will be building on our local partnerships to keep these enhancements moving forward. Providing a more convenient and hassle-free commute will go a long way toward our main goal of making
The rail station inspection reports were requested by Governor Rell on June 30, 2006. DOT assigned staff to perform field reviews and an overall assessments of 36 train stations in
“It is the Department’s goal to provide the support and amenities at our train stations desired by our commuters as an integral part of the
The DOT reviewed highway access, parking, platforms, canopies, stairs and ramps, illumination, walkways and paths, ticket vending machines, shelters, diversity of New Haven Line station buildings, waiting rooms and concession areas, paint, taxi stands and bus access, signage, public address and variable message sign systems, fencing, litter, ADA access, station amenities, kiosks and information, station color scheme, railings, light fixtures, trash and recycling containers, bicycle racks and lockers, and platform and station clocks.
The Department estimates that $100 million will be needed over the next 5-10 years to complete the first four categories work required: short-term maintenance, “state of good repair,” platform improvements and amenity upgrades. Major capital project costs are estimated at an additional $289 million and would include extension of high-level platform and canopies, replacement or addition of shelters, and major
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