January 2, 2017
Environmental Impact Evaluation Prepared
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has prepared an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) for a proposed new commuter rail station to be located along the New Haven Main Line in East Bridgeport, Connecticut. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at the Great Oaks Charter School (510 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for review of displays (technical staff will be on hand to answer questions). A formal presentation highlighting the project and findings of the EIE will start at 6:30 PM. The public is invited to attend the meeting and provide comments on the EIE. In the event of heavy snow, the meeting will be moved to February 14th (same time and location). Weather updates will be posted at www.wtnh.com.
The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this hearing or persons speaking a language other than English wishing to attend this meeting and requiring an interpreter must make arrangements by contacting the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications at 860-594-3062 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the hearing.
The Environmental Impact Evaluation was published in the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality Environmental Monitor on January 3, 2017 in accordance with the regulations in the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act. Written comments may be submitted to Mr. Mark Alexander at the address or email listed below and will be received until the close of business on February 21, 2017.
Written comments on the EIE should be sent to:
Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Connecticut Department of Transportation
2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
860.594.2931 | Dot.email@example.com
The Environmental Impact Evaluation may be accessed at the link below.
Environmental Impact Evaluation - January 2017 (Adobe PDF, 16MB)
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In 2013, the City of Bridgeport, in conjunction with the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (now MetroCOG) undertook a Feasibility Study to determine if the construction and operation of a second train station in East Bridgeport is physically and operationally possible and compatible with the existing Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and Amtrak service. The study, called the Barnum Station Feasibility Study, also assessed the redevelopment opportunities on parcels adjacent to the potential station. Results of the analysis indicated that it is feasible to construct and operate a new Barnum Station on the south side of Barnum Avenue on the site of the former Remington Arms factory, and that the station has the potential to be a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization in East Bridgeport, creating jobs and providing additional housing options close to transit.
In 2014, the State Bond Commission authorized $2.75 million for preliminary planning and design of Barnum Station. In 2015, CTDOT applied for and secured $10 million in federal TIGER grants to be used to build the station.