Riders Concerned About Longer Walk From Parking Facility

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – A plan for the future of the Stamford train station will be announced Thursday afternoon.

Details about the plan for the plot of land alongside the train station and its new developer will be revealed at 2 p.m. by Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

The existing parking garage, which has over 700 spaces, went up back in the 1980s, but seems to be slowly turning into a pile of gravel, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

It is going to be replaced with a new facility with over 1,000 spaces, but the final location hasn’t been disclosed. Some plans have called for it to be up to a quarter of a mile away from the station, but the proposal has raised concern among riders.

“I don’t care really what goes here. I just want to make sure that there’s parking within walking distance to the station,” one daily rider of seven years told Murnane. He said his current walk is about 30 seconds.

One member of a panel appointed by Gov. Dan Malloy to address concerns said people will be happy with the plan.

“I am confident the stakeholders are going to be very happy with the plan and hope and expect the people of Stamford will be pleasantly surprised,” David Hendricks told the Stamford Advocate.

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