New State Street Railroad Station Opens In Downtown New Haven
This historic event marked the completion of the first of several enhancement projects planned for the Shore Line East Commuter Rail service as part of the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new station as well as a scenic train ride from New Haven to Old Saybrook and back.
The new station, located between Court and Chapel Streets, is within walking distance to downtown New Haven businesses and adds convenience and more direct access to downtown for commuters. The station provides an added stop between Branford and New Haven’s Union Station for Shore Line East rail service. Shore Line East service to the new station began June 7, 2002, with all Shore Line East trains stopping at State Street during the morning and evening rush hours.
"The opening of State Street Station is the first step in a comprehensive plan to make rail transportation an attractive alternative for I-95 motorists during the upcoming Pearl Harbor Memorial (Q) Bridge construction project," said Governor Rowland. “This new commuter station was designed for pedestrians and is in easy walking distance to the heart of downtown New Haven.”
According to Acting Transportation Commissioner James F. Byrnes, "In addition to State Street Station, the plan for improved rail service from east of New Haven involves the construction of four new stations at Guilford, Madison, Clinton and Branford. Construction at these stations is scheduled to begin this summer with added parking included at each station. A new station in Westbrook is also planned."
CTTRANSIT Commuter Connection shuttles meet Shore Line East trains and travel to and from downtown and Sargent Drive/Long Wharf Drive area worksites. As of June 24, these shuttles stop at State Street Station and no longer stop at Union Station. More efficient Commuter Connection service also included an additional downtown loop beginning June 24. Local J Route service and the Coliseum Parking Shuttle will continue to serve Union Station. State Street Station is also conveniently located near stops for many other local bus routes.
The I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program also includes four major phases of roadway improvements, including construction of a new 10-lane Pearl Harbor Memorial (Q) Bridge, expansion of I-95 between Exit 46 in New Haven and Exit 54 in Branford (in two phases) and reconfiguration of the I-95/I-91/Route 34 Interchange. The entire project will occur in stages from east to west this summer through 2012.
For more information on Shore Line East, contact Rideworks at 1-800-ALL-RIDE or visit www.ShoreLineEast.com.
For more information on the I-95 Corridor Improvement Program, call the construction hotline at 1-866-277-9595 or visit www.I95newhaven.com.
For information on Commuter Connection or any CTTRANSIT bus services, contact CTTRANSIT customer service at (203) 624-0151 or visit www.cttransit.com.