The current focus for the Barnum Station Design project is to develop conceptual engineering and environmental documentation for the proposed project site. Major topics that will be addressed during this phase include:
- What ridership can be anticipated both at the new Barnum Station, and along the New Haven Line overall, with the introduction of the Barnum Station project?
- How can the station be constructed to serve local and express commuter rail trips while minimizing disruptions to existing intercity passenger, commuter and freight rail services along the New Haven line;
- What station layout (track location, station platform location, access, and circulation) promotes the most ridership while minimizing impacts to existing operations and to the surrounding area;
- What environmental impacts (if any) would be created as a result of the project? E.g. increased traffic,
Once built, the project is expected to have the following benefits:
- Provide local and express commuter rail service into New Haven, Stamford, New York City, and other destinations along the New Haven Line (with connections to other transit service);
- Enhance transit access to places of employment in East Bridgeport including Bridgeport Hospital and businesses in the Mill Hill, East Side and East End neighborhoods;
- Support future transit-oriented development as envisioned in the Bridgeport 2020 Master Plan of Conservation and Development and the BGreen 2020 Sustainability Plan; and
- Meet state and regional transportation planning objectives.