Connecticut opens new passenger depot

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Connecticut and railroad officials gathered for the opening of the new Wallingford, Conn., depot on Monday.
Scott A. Hartley
WALLINGFORD, Conn. — "Opening a new station is something a Commissioner of Transportation does not often have a chance to do," commented Connecticut Commissioner James P. Redeker on Monday afternoon as state and local leaders and railroad officials prepared to officially open the state's new rail station at Wallingford.

The station at Wallingford is one of three entirely new stations being built along Amtrak's 62-mile Springfield Line between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass. The new high-level facilities initially will serve Amtrak's Vermonter, Springfield-Washington, D.C., trains, and Springfield-New Haven shuttle runs. In May 2018, the state's new "Hartford Line" services will add 19 "CT rail" trains in each direction through Wallingford. The new trains will be operated under contract by a joint venture of TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts.

State and local elected officials, as well as railroad officials, addressed a large group filling much of the southbound passenger platform, before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cut a ceremonial ribbon with a large set of scissors. Two local officials commended Malloy for quickly acting for the state to be in line to receive substantial federal rail funding that had been turned down by the state of Florida. The $21-million station is located less than a mile north of a brick 1871 former New Haven Railroad facility in the town's center. The new station has two parking lots with a total of 221 spaces, bicycle racks, ticket vending machines, passenger display monitors, platform canopies, and an automatic platform snow-melting system.
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