Parking Problems Persist At Fairfield County Train Stations

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – New Haven Line commuters often wait for years and years before they get their hands on a parking permit at any of the train stations along the line.

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And once they do get a permit, they often keep it in the family, passing it along to the next generation.

Even when a person loses his job in New York City, he’ll often still hold on to his permit.

Jim Cameron of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council says the Connecticut DOT needs to either manage the demand or increase the supply.

“We think in the long run, increasing the supply, building more parking spaces, is the best long term answer,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

But the go ahead would have to come from the DOT, which, a couple of years ago explored the idea, but the problem persists.

What do you think should be done for commuters on the New Haven Line? Sound off in the comments section below.


One Comment

  1. VY says:

    Both the LIRR and NJ Transit have realized that increasing parking at their stations will greatly increase use of those railroads. In the last decade NJ Transit has added major amounts of additional parking spaces at their stations, including in one case in northern NJ adding a station then they built a new station where Route 17 crosses the Bergan Main Line and built a new multi level parking garage over the station, with ramp connections right onto Route 17 and local roads.
    When the LIRR electrified it’s main line to Ronkonkama, they moved a few stations to where they could buy land and build large parking lots, then they expanded those lots as demand increased. Those lots are filled to overflowing every work day.
    If Metro North and CT DOT want to increase use of the New Haven Line, they need to do the same. CT needs a major increase in parking at New Haven Line stations. Easy parking will greatly increase use of the New Haven Line.

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