The state is moving ahead with plans to see a new north side platform and a kiss and ride drop-off at the Branford train station.
The improvements continue after a new parking lot was created last year. 272 additional parking spaces were officially made available at the Branford train station in June of 2011 that raised the overall size of the lot to just under 500 spaces.
Bidding for a new north side platform and additional work will begin this summer. The project will include a “kiss and ride,” a circular area that makes it convenient to drop off travelers. The parking lot that currently is in disrepair on Meadow and Rogers streets will be refinished, and a walkway will be created connecting it to the station.
The project will include an elevator and new pedestrian overpass.
Work is scheduled to start November 5, 2012.
The project is part of an effort to improve the railways between New Haven and New London, and the project is expected to run concurrently with improvements to the Guilford station as well.
The bonding approval took place in February 2011 and includes over 60 million dollars. In addition to the $16.5 million for Branford, $7.3 million will go toward Guilford platform extensions, and $11 million for the electrification of railway sidings between Guilford and Old Saybrook.
The high level platform construction on the north sides of the train stations is a critical next step toward the ultimate goal of providing regular bi-directional service between New Haven and New London. Ridership on the Shoreline East line has increased 4.6% in 2010 compared to 2009.