Governor Rell: Gov. Rell: State Working to Make Major Expansion of Parking for Stamford Rail Commuters

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M. Jodi Rell

April 29, 2010

Governor Rell: State Working to Make Major Expansion

of Parking for Stamford Rail Commuters


First Step in Adding Up to 1,000 Spaces – Talks to Secure Alternate Location While Existing Garage is Rebuilt – Under Way Now



            Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state is working aggressively to expand parking for commuters at the Stamford Transportation Center, ensuring – as a first step – that there is plenty of temporary, alternative parking before a much-needed renovation of the existing garage gets under way.


            The moves are part of Governor Rell’s broader vision for sweeping improvements all along Metro-North’s New Haven Line, including new passenger cars, numerous station upgrades and increased parking.


            “One of our top goals is to boost the number of overall parking spots available to Stamford commuters by as many as 1,000 spaces,” Governor Rell said. “We are working now to secure good, convenient parking for commuters that will serve them well while we raze and rebuild the current garage. When all the work is complete we plan to keep both garages open, vastly increasing the amount of parking available at Stamford.


            “The New Haven Line is one of the busiest commuter rail lines in the world and the Stamford station is – by far – the busiest of the Connecticut stations on that line,” the Governor said. “I am focused on bringing on the new M-8 rail cars, making train stations cleaner and safer and doing all I can to encourage more people to take advantage of the tremendous rail network we have built in this state. Getting people off the highways and onto the trains means we have to give them a place to park – and we are doing just that.”


            The existing Stamford garage, which has about 700 spaces, opened in the late 1980s and is deteriorating. A second garage was later added, connecting to the older facility.


            “We’re very excited about Governor Rell’s announcement to provide additional and alternative parking at the Stamford Transportation Center as part of her inventive and much needed Metro-North New Haven Line improvement initiative,” Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia said.  “It’s a perfect example of how State and Municipal governments work with the private sector to achieve greater public good. This project encourages more train usage and underscores recognition of Stamford’s role as the economic engine of Connecticut.  We are grateful to Governor Rell and Commissioner Marie for recognizing and answering our need.”


            Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph F. Marie said his agency is acutely aware of how much customers count on the Stamford station and its parking garage. DOT is in negotiations now to provide the alternative parking, the Commissioner said, but no details of the talks will be released until an agreement is reached. Once an alternative location is agreed upon and operating, the removal and reconstruction of the existing garage will begin.


            “The ultimate goal is to construct a new facility on the existing footprint with improved access and connectivity to the station for commuters, taxis, vendors and others,” Commissioner Marie said.


            The New Haven Line, owned by the State of Connecticut, is operated by Metro-North under a contract with the DOT. The line tallies more than 35 million passenger trips per year.


            In recent months Governor Rell has announced $103 million in state bonding for the construction of a new Metro-North Railroad commuter station in West Haven, enhanced weekday and weekend service on both the New Haven Line and the Shoreline East Railroad, funding for locomotive safety improvements and $26 million for design, environmental documentation and construction of double-tracking along portions of the rail line connecting New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.





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