"Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Train322 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:45 pm

Does anyone know when Fairfield Metro is opening?
Nothing on the Nov 19 schedule and I could not find any mention on MTA.Info.

Are all the approvals (Red Tape, tracks out of service etc) get cleared?

thanks

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by DutchRailnut » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:50 pm

hold up is not Metro North but either Town or state DOT. parking lot and lighting.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by N4J » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:44 pm

DutchRailnut wrote:hold up is not Metro North but either Town or state DOT. parking lot and lighting.
That sounds like the town , the state wouldn't have anything to do with the Parking lot and lighting...

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by DutchRailnut » Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:15 am

Its State DOT that needs to approve the lot.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Clean Cab » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:21 am

The South St. underpass on track 4 in Bridgeport is still not finished. Once that is finished, FFM (Fairfield Metro) should be opened.
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Darien Red Sox » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:38 am

Now they are saying Dec. 5th

http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/n ... 272672.php

Don't hold your breath.

What happens with the current schedule?
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Clean Cab » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:33 am

Most likely MN will issue a revised New Haven Line train schedule. It would be my guess that almost all NH line trains will be stopping at FFM.
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Jeff Smith » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:35 am

Darien Red Sox wrote:Now they are saying Dec. 5th

http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/n ... 272672.php

Don't hold your breath.

What happens with the current schedule?
Fair use quote required per policy for above-linked article:
After more than a decade of planning and controversy that nearly caused the project to derail, state transportation officials said this week the train service is expected to begin at the new Fairfield Metro station on Monday, Dec. 5.

Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, confirmed the opening date in an email to the Fairfield Citizen.
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Jeff Smith » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:40 am

Another update: http://www.minutemannewscenter.com/arti ... de=default
Fairfield finished its work on the town’s Third Train Station by an Oct. 31 deadline that was necessary if the town were to receive up to $3 million in extra payments from the state. Those payments were negotiated by First Selectman Mike Tetreau at the end of August. However, MetroNorth needs another few weeks to inspect the tracks, so, the opening of the Fairfield Metro station has been tentatively pushed forward to Dec. 1.

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Fairfield finished its work on the town’s Third Train Station by an Oct. 31 deadline that was necessary if the town were to receive up to $3 million in extra payments from the state. Those payments were negotiated by First Selectman Mike Tetreau at the end of August. However, MetroNorth needs another few weeks to inspect the tracks, so, the opening of the Fairfield Metro station has been tentatively pushed forward to Dec. 1.
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by mntktagt » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:15 pm

$45 million for a train station is absurd !!

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by N4J » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:41 am

mntktagt wrote:$45 million for a train station is absurd !!

Stations in my opinion should only cost 2-3 Million....unless there High Speed Rail or Subway....then 4-6 Million $$$

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by oknazevad » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:02 am

And these numbers are based on what knowledge? Capital and infrastructure construction is an expensive proposition, especially in the northeast, where land acquisition is often difficult and pricey due to high demand and low availability of open space. Could they have built it cheaper than $45 million? Maybe, but I'm not privilege to the breakdown of costs involved. And unless you are, I'd say your opinion has no real basis.
rails > roads

On second thought, let's not go to the NJ Transit Rail forum, 'tis a silly place.

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by DutchRailnut » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:09 am

and what is included in the $45 million ??
Parking lot, lighting, overpass, platforms, elevators, electronic display units, ticket machines, etc etc etc
add to that labor and flagging cost.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by Clean Cab » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:46 am

$45 million is a bit high, but not outrageous. You couldn't even build a parking lot for $3 million!!!
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Re: "Fairfield Metro Center" at Black Rock

Post by alewifebp » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:48 am

Nexis4Jersey wrote:
mntktagt wrote:$45 million for a train station is absurd !!

Stations in my opinion should only cost 2-3 Million....unless there High Speed Rail or Subway....then 4-6 Million $$$
After property acquisition, that would give you a station equivalent to Appalachian Trail. $45 million sounds high but is in line with other such projects undertaken.

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