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North Haven is a planned regional rail station on the New Haven–Springfield Line near Route 40 and Route 5 in North Haven, Connecticut, to be served by the Hartford Line service. The station has been funded for design but not yet construction, and is planned to open in 2019 or 2020.

North Haven
North Haven station site, December 2015.JPG
Site of the former Amtrak station and future Hartford Line station photographed in December 2015
LocationDevine Street
North Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates41°22′39″N 72°52′42″W / 41.3775°N 72.8783°W / 41.3775; -72.8783Coordinates: 41°22′39″N 72°52′42″W / 41.3775°N 72.8783°W / 41.3775; -72.8783
Line(s)New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms2 side platforms (planned)[1]
Tracks2
Construction
Parking202 spaces (planned)[1]
History
Opening2019 or 2020 (planned)
Services
Preceding station ConnDOT Following station
New Haven State Street Hartford Line
(planned station)
Wallingford
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
New Haven
Terminus
Connecticut Valley Service Wallingford

The first North Haven station opened on Broadway in 1838 on the Hartford and New Haven Railroad. One of its replacements, built in 1867 and still standing, was served until around 1971 by the New Haven Railroad and Penn Central. Amtrak operated a station at the modern site from 1980 to 1986.

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HistoryEdit

Previous stationsEdit

 
The 1867-built North Haven station building in 2015

The Hartford and New Haven Railroad (H&NH) opened from New Haven to Meriden in December 1838.[2] A room in a private home on Broadway just east of the tracks served as North Haven station from then until around 1850, when a dedicated station was built nearby. The station, also used as the post office and a general store, burned on March 31, 1865. A nearby store appears to have been used as the station for the next two years.[3]

The H&NH built a new brick station on the west side of the tracks in 1867.[3] A wooden freight house was constructed nearby later in the century.[4] The 1867 station was in use for just over a century; it was still served by several New Haven Railroad trains in the early 1960s, but was no longer a stop when Amtrak took over service on the line from Penn Central on May 1, 1971.[5][6] The station and freight house are still extant, although the four chimneys and the canopy have been removed from the station.[4]

On October 26, 1980, the state opened a new North Haven station off Devine Street near the Route 40 Connector, 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the south of the former station.[7][3] The new station had two small wooden platforms and a 100-car parking lot. It was part of a $12 million effort to improve the line, which included buying twelve Budd SPV-2000 railcars to increase frequencies.[8] The station was served by Amtrak's Connecticut Valley Service until October 26, 1986, when it and Enfield were abandoned due to low ridership.[9][3] The station platforms were removed after closure, but the parking lot was repurposed as a park-and-ride lot for auto commuters.

Hartford Line stationEdit

 
The parking lot from the 1980s station, now used as a park-and-ride lot, will be reused for the new station

In 2004, the Recommended Action of the New Haven Hartford Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study included the construction of a new North Haven/Hamden station as part of the Hartford Line (then just the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Line.) Such a station was estimated to cost between $6 million and $9.5 million.[10] The station is proposed to be located off Devine Street in North Haven, adjacent to the intersection of State Street (US 5) and CT-40. Direct access from I-91 will be possible via Route 40, while commuters coming from the Wilbur Cross Parkway (which is intended for traffic bypassing New Haven) will have to use surface streets from the nearest exits. A preliminary design in 2006 located the station platforms between Devine Street and Route 40. A new parking lot west of Route 5 would have been shared between station and park-and-ride uses, with the existing park-and-ride lot dedicated for station parking.[11]

Revised plans released in 2012 replaced the new western parking lot with a lot east of the tracks to prevent riders from having to cross busy Route 5 on foot. The station will consist of two 180-foot high-level platforms, each with a 100-foot shelter, connected by an elevated pedestrian bridge. A larger parking lot would be built on the east side of the tracks to supplement the existing park-and-ride lot.[1]

On January 12, 2015, the state announced that $5.75 million in funding would be made available for environmental mitigation and design at ten Hartford Line and New Haven Line stations, including North Haven as well as Enfield, West Hartford and Newington. The funding also includes a location study for a future Hamden station separate from North Haven.[12][13] In December 2015, funding for the Hartford Line was secured by the state, and the service launched on June 16, 2018.[14] As of January 2017, design is half complete, with the intention to begin the 18-month construction phase in mid-2018.[15] The state aims to complete all infill stations on the line by 2022.[16] In February 2017, the state announced an additional $50 million in funds, including money to complete design of North Haven station.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c CDM Smith (February 24, 2012). "Station and Layover Site Concept Plans" (PDF). New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Environmental Assessment. Connecticut Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. p. 74. ISBN 0942147022.
  3. ^ a b c d Belletzkie, Bob. "Stations: NI-NO". Tyler City Station. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. pp. 78–79. ISBN 9780942147087.
  5. ^ Time Table No. 16 for Employees Only. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company. April 28, 1963. pp. 30–31.
  6. ^ National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (May 1, 1971). "Nationwide Schedules of Intercity Passenger Service". The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 9.
  7. ^ "National Train Timetables". National Passenger Rail Corporation (as Amtrak). February 1, 1981. pp. 12, 55. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via The Museum of Railway Timetables. Compare to August 1980 timetable
  8. ^ Madden, Richard L. (October 20, 1982). "SENATOR BAKER APPEARS IN HARTFORD FOR WEICKER AND STATE REPUBLICANS". New York Times.
  9. ^ "National Train Timetables". National Passenger Rail Corporation (as Amtrak). October 26, 1986. pp. 9, 11. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via The Museum of Railway Timetables. Compare to April 1986 timetable
  10. ^ Wilbur Smith Associates (November 2004). "Recommended Action" (PDF). New Haven Hartford Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study. Connecticut Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  11. ^ URS. "North Haven Conceptual Site Plan" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "GOV. MALLOY, BOND COMMISSION APPROVE DESIGN OF RAIL STATIONS ON HARTFORD AND NEW HAVEN LINES" (Press release). State of Connecticut. January 12, 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  13. ^ Altimari, Daniela (January 12, 2015). "Bond Commission Authorizes Funds For Rail Projects". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Porter, Mikaela; Owens, David (June 17, 2018). "Thousands Take A Free Ride On Hartford Line's Inaugural Run". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  15. ^ McCulloch, Jenn (January 24, 2017). "North Haven Train Station Closer to Becoming a Reality". Zip06. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Healey, Will (October 21, 2016). "Officials discuss development around rail center". Journal-Inquirer. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  17. ^ "CTDOT ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR NHHS RAIL PROGRAM" (Press release). Connecticut Department of Transportation. February 20, 2017.

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