All Aboard! New Train Station Opens in Wallingford
Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker and numerous federal, state, and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the newly constructed train station in Wallingford.
Located at 343 North Cherry Street, the station will immediately begin providing service to existing Amtrak trains and soon will begin serving trains on the CTrail Hartford Line, the passenger rail service currently under construction and scheduled to launch in the middle of next year that will provide commuters with more frequent train service between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield.
Construction of the approximately $21 million station began in December 2014 and features several amenities aimed at improving the passenger experience for Hartford Line riders. These include high-level platforms on both sides of the tracks, elevators, stairways, canopies covering approximately 50 percent of each platform, ticket vending machines, a passenger information display system, and an overhead pedestrian bridge. To improve passenger safety, the new station features automatic platform snow melting systems, security cameras, and blue-light emergency call boxes.
The former Wallingford station, located adjacent to the railroad green at 37 Hall Avenue, will no longer operate as a train station but will remain as a hub for town life, anchoring the downtown community. The existing station building houses several organizations, including the Wallingford Adult Education Center and the New Haven Society of Model Engineers Railroad Club.
“The opening of this station is part of a widespread effort to encourage economic development and create a more livable and sustainable downtown area,” Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson said. “The Town of Wallingford has adopted a transit-oriented development plan, which encourages dedicated on-street parking, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements.”
“We are getting closer each day to launching a commuter rail line between New Haven, Hartford, and our friends in Springfield, and the opening of the new station in Wallingford marks a major milestone in the evolution of the much-needed service,” Malloy said. “Creation of the Hartford Line will provide those working, living, and traveling along this corridor with fast, safe, and reliable rail transportation – providing greater attraction for businesses, stimulating job creation, and improving our overall quality of life.”
Replaces outdated station back to top
The new Wallingford station, which replaces an outdated station nearby, is the first of several new stations being constructed along the Hartford Line that has opened for service. Stations that will immediately begin serving the line when it opens next year are located in New Haven (Union Station and State Street), Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Springfield. Additional new stations are currently in the design process for locations in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, and Enfield.
“This is an exciting project that will offer new transit options to commuters and open the whole region to expanded commerce,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “Modernizing our transportation network is critical, not simply because we have among the oldest rail infrastructure in the nation, but it also demonstrates our priorities as a state. Transit systems must move people and goods efficiently, reduce roadway congestion and pollution, and be part of the overall package that attracts business and a workforce. The CTrail Hartford Line will help us do exactly that.”
“This new, dynamic station will benefit the community, passengers and the entire region as a whole for years to come,” Commissioner Redeker said. “It is a testament to the dedication and drive of all those who brought it to completion during three harsh New England winters and in the middle of an active rail line. We expect it to attract new visitors and rail passengers as we prepare for launch of the CTrail Hartford Line.”