STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The wait may soon be over for rail commuters in Stamford anxious for a new commuter parking lot.

In a recent letter to the Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Department of Transportation commissioner Jim Redeker said a new lot would be less than a quarter of a mile away from the train station but could be even closer than that.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

“The only possible way that that could happen would be if the new parking lot were built over the train station, over the railroad tracks. If that’s possible, that would be great,” Jim Cameron of the Rail Commuter Council told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

If the new garage is built where the old one now stands, 1,000 spots would be made available. That would mean hundreds of commuters would be put on the waiting list for a parking spot, Cameron said.

“We know there are 1,400 people on the waiting list for parking spaces, so we’re not even building a new garage that anywhere matches the known demand for parking at that train station,” Cameron said.

The wait for a final plan on the new garage has been going on for years.

The state DOT said it hopes the location of the new garage and a contractor are green-lighted by the end of the year.

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