GOVERNOR MALLOY, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, CUT RIBBON
ON NEW WEST HAVEN RAIL STATION
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Deputy Commissioner Anna M. Barry, and
other state, railroad and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark
the grand opening of the new West Haven commuter rail station which will
primarily serve customers on the New Haven Line, which is operated by
Metro-North Railroad under contract to ConnDOT. Recognized as the busiest rail
corridor in the U.S., Metro-North’s New Haven Line saw ridership increase by
1.3% in 2012 with 38.8 million rides, breaking a record set in 2011, when the
line carried 38.3 million people.
“We are making upgrades and adding new stations, rail
cars and parking to the New Haven Line in order to maximize the use of this
state-owned asset, ensure a faster and more convenient commute for our
workforce, and strengthen our regional economic competitiveness,” said Governor
Malloy. “The New Haven Line is vital to facilitating commerce and ensuring
residents have a real alternative to driving to work every day. We want to
continue making smart, targeted investments to encourage even more residents to
take the train while also easing gridlock on our already congested highways and
reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption associated with Single-Occupant
Located midway between Milford and New Haven stations,
West Haven is the first new station to open on the New Haven Line since
Fairfield Metro Station was added in 2011. Prior to the building of West Haven
Station, the 10 miles between Milford and New Haven stations was the longest
gap in the New Haven Line system. If local residents wanted to take the train
to work, they had to travel to New Haven, Milford or further west on the New
Haven Line to access commuter rail service.
Governor Malloy continued, “In particular, the West Haven
Station project created about 1,000 immediate jobs for Connecticut residents,
will support regional transit-oriented development and, going forward, will
help make the city and surrounding communities more walkable, more accessible,
and more attractive to residents and employers alike.”
The $103 million West Haven Station includes two
1,100-foot platforms that are 12 cars in length, an ADA (Americans with
Disabilities) compliant station building with restrooms, self-pay parking and
ticket machines, bicycle racks and 650 new parking spaces to accommodate the
current and future demand for ridership and parking on the east end of the New
Haven Line. The project also included upgrades to a five-mile section of the
New Haven Line track, overhead catenary power lines and signals.
“Metro-North is delighted to inaugurate train service to
Connecticut’s newest station on one of the fastest growing segments of the
railroad, the outer New Haven Line,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut.
“We are grateful for the continued infrastructure investments made by our
partners at the Connecticut Department of Transportation and trust that this
beautiful new station will attract customers and promote business here in the
city and across the region.”
West Haven Station was designed by Vanasse Hangen
Brustlin and built by a Connecticut company, Manafort Brothers of Plainville.
The project created or sustained about 1,000 construction-related and ancillary
jobs, including designers, planners, materials suppliers, landscapers and local
“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proud to be
the provider of the high quality train service that Connecticutters have come
to expect from Metro-North Railroad,” said MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas F.
Prendergast. “This new station joins Fairfield Metro and State Street
before it as testament to the commitment of the State of Connecticut to improve
mass transit for its citizens. I congratulate you, Governor Malloy.”
Connecticut DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said the
new station “underscores our commitment to continuous improvement in customer
service, satisfaction and communication on the New Haven Line.”
“Today is the beginning of a new era in transportation
for our city and the hundreds of commuters who rely on the New Haven Line every
day,” West Haven Mayor John M. Picard said. “I would like to thank Governor
Malloy, the Department of Transportation and the many local supporters who
circulated petitions for a West Haven train station, including Mike Mercuriano.
This is a project we can all be proud of, and one that will serve West Haven
and the state of Connecticut for years to come.”
Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony also included a moment of
remembrance for Metro-North employee Robert Luden, who was struck and killed by
a train while working on the tracks at the new station on May 28, 2013.
Parking at West Haven Station will be free through
September 2. Like all New Haven Line stations, parking is free on weekends and
holidays. West Haven station parking permits, which are effective September 1
through February 28, 2014, are available for purchase from CTrides at
877-CT-RIDES (877-287-4337), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or through the online live chat at www.ctrides.com.
The new schedule is now available in Grand Central Terminal and online at www.mta.info.