TomNelligan wrote:Sadly, what's left of the burned-out Berlin station will be demolished. I had a chance to look at the ruins last weekend while I was visiting family in the area and this seemed inevitable... nothing but four walls left, and the remaining brick probably heat damaged anyway.
http://www.courant.com/community/berlin/hc-berlin-station-ruins-1224-20161223-story.html (an earlier report)
Talks continue on site for North Haven train station
Negotiations are continuing to turn an old factory building into a new train station.
First Selectman Michael Freda is in discussions with the state Department of Transportation and Cambrex Corp., a pharmaceutical company out of East Rutherford, New Jersey, that owns the property at the corner of State and Devine streets that once was Humphrey Chemical.
“One of our goals here over the past several years is to work with the Department of Transportation to deliver a train station for North Haven,” Freda said. “The designated spot is at the corner of State Street and Devine Street at the railroad tracks and commuter parking lots.”
The project serves several purposes, Freda said: It will not only provide easy access to Metro-North trains for residents living in North Haven, Hamden and surrounding areas, but the station itself will be an impetus for economic growth in that area. But it will take a lot of work to see it come to fruition, he said.
“The Department of Transportation is committed to designing this train station out to its fullest,” Freda said. “The big ‘if’ now is if and when the federal government or the Railroad Commission will fund the construction costs of that.”
Jeff Smith wrote:Other station (future, in this case) news: CT Post ChronicleTalks continue on site for North Haven train station...
...Last year, the new Meriden green opened. It is criss-crossed with streams. Years ago, engineers diverted those streams into pipes to build on this land, but every spring, they would overwhelm the pipes and flood this area. The green is now essentially a big basin, and the flooding will be water under the bridge. That big bridge over the center of the green takes people right to the new transit center. If everything goes according to plan, it should open in July, with the new rail line starting next January.
“This is a major priority for the state. Our delegation has doubled down on a commitment to make sure, at this critical juncture, we get what the citizens of Connecticut need and deserve to have right now,” said Esty.
The hope is that new project combined with the beautiful new town green that opened up last year will get a lot of people to take a look at downtown Meriden as a place to live and work.
This transit center will be a priority stop on the New Haven to Hartford to Springfield commuter train line they’re building right now.
*sigh* Oh Democrats....
The state Department of Transportation has chosen an operator for the Hartford Line scheduled to run 17 trains daily from New Haven to Hartford, and 12 to Springfield, but won’t release a name until details are finalized, DOT officials said Wednesday.
“We have selected a service provider but will not announce who it is until we have negotiated an agreement or a contract with them,” said DOT spokesman Judd B. Everhart. “This is because, if we can’t successfully negotiate a contract with them, we will go to the next interested service provider.”
The timing of any formal announcement will be dictated by the success of the negotiations, Everhart said, but he expects it to be this spring.
Everhart told the Record-Journal the name of the operator and a list of candidates is not public information and exempt from the state Freedom of Information Act until the hiring process is complete, or the commissioner deems revealing the information is in the public interest.
Amtrak is considered the first pick to service the Hartford Line, but Metro-North and other outside providers could also be considered. The request for qualifications generated multiple candidates, Everhart said.
Despite the state's budget crisis, the new commuter trains between New Haven and Hartford are still on course to begin rolling next January, the state transportation department said.
That could change if legislators rewrite Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget, but for now there's money dedicated to acquiring trains and hiring engineers and conductors, according to the DOT.
"We're looking to start Jan. 18. A lot of progress has been made — we hope to announce a service provider sometime in April," state Rail Administrator Carl Jackson told a commuter watchdog group last week.
Connecticut is negotiating to lease four locomotives and about a dozen passenger cars from another state, and expects to publicly announce in April who will be running the trains, DOT senior staff managers said.
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