Bridgeport, Conn. -- Bridgeport commuters have an improved experience at the city's railroad station with real-time electronic signs of arrivals and departures, extended canopies, better lighting, and a resurfaced platform.
A $10 million upgrade and renovation project is complete, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P Redeker announced Tuesday.
The new amenities were designed to provide commuters with enhanced services and are now in use at the station, which serves Metro-North, ShoreLine East, and Amtrak.
“Our future growth depends on the strength of our transportation system, and the New Haven Line is a critical component of our economic engine,” said Malloy.
The Bridgeport train station serves 10,000 customers daily.
It is a transportation hub for bus, ferry and rail connections to New Haven lines, as well as Amtrak service to New York, Washington, and Boston.
“These kinds of investments are part of our efforts to provide Connecticut residents with a best-in-class transportation system that attracts businesses, provides for job growth, and moves goods and services as efficiently as possible.”
“With more than three-thousand boardings at Bridgeport Station every day, we are making much-needed improvements that will enhance the customer experience,” Redeker said.
“The New Haven Line remains the busiest commuter line in the country and our customers expect and deserve the best we can provide.”
The improvement project began in March 2015 and was done by Banton Construction Co., based in North Haven.
Other improvements include new benches, a wind-break system on the platform, guardrails, and an entirely new canopy on the eastbound (New Haven-bound) side of the station.
The project is part of an ongoing capital investment program to rebuild the State of Connecticut-owned New Haven Line.