Grant to create transportation jobs in Connecticut
Posted on January 3, 2019
The building of a new center will create more transportation jobs in Connecticut.
U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $9.16 million BUILD Transportation grant to fund improvements to the Stamford Transportation Center. The grant – which will be matched by $13.74 million in additional state money – will fund upgrades to five elevators and 17 escalators and enhancements to the internal circulation system. The investment will ensure the station can operate in a state of good repair for the next 25 years and beyond.
“The Stamford Transportation Center sees more than 8 million passengers per year,” Governor Malloy said. “It is one of the busiest transit hubs in the nation, and it is a vital connecting point for rail and bus commuters to and from Stamford. This funding will make critically important improvements to the interior of the station, helping to ensure that it remains best-in-class for years to come.”
The grant will be administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), and construction on the improvements is expected to begin in 2019. In addition, and independent of this project, CTDOT has launched a multi-year improvement initiative that includes canopy, lighting, restroom, and communications upgrades. Taken together, the upgrades will improve the reliability and speed of movement in the station, reduce the risk of severe delays, access impediments, and injuries to travelers.
“This massive federal investment provides a major boon to rail access — and likely boost to ridership, as well as safety and comfort,” Senator Blumenthal said. “Reliable escalators, elevators and lighting will transform this key transportation hub for travelers region-wide. It will spur economic growth and new jobs and reduce traffic congestion and pollution. I will continue to fight for such investments to assure reliable, safe 21st century infrastructure.”
“I’ve been on a crusade to transform our transportation system in Connecticut,” Senator Murphy said. “It’s the single most important thing we could do to grow jobs in our state. The Stamford station is the second busiest station on the New Haven line. Upgrading the station to serve even more commuters is a big deal for Fairfield County. I’ll keep fighting to make our rail lines faster and more reliable.”
“The Stamford Transportation Center is a critical hub in Connecticut’s infrastructure network,” Congressman Himes said. “As the busiest station in the Metro North system after Grand Central, Stamford needs dedicated resources to keep commuters moving at the busiest times. This grant will help improve the daily process of getting people in, out, and on their way. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the federal, state and local level to secure even more funding in the months and year ahead for projects across Southwest Connecticut to alleviate congestion and further improve quality of life for our families.”