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State Seeking $11M Federal Grant For Bridgeport's Barnum Train Station

An artist's rendering of the proposed Barnum Station.
An artist's rendering of the proposed Barnum Station. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gov. Dannel Malloy's office

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation has applied for two federal grants – one to design a new Metro-North rail station in Bridgeport and the other to promote “Complete Streets” transit-oriented development around CTFasTrak bus stations in central Connecticut.

The first application, for $11.1 million, would pay for the design of a new station on the east side of Bridgeport to be known as Barnum Station, after P.T. Barnum, the one-time Bridgeport mayor, state senator and circus impresario.

This money will be combined with $7.4 million previously authorized state bonds and funds, as well as money appropriated to transportation purposes in the budget. The total cost for the Barnum Station project is estimated to be $146.1 million, including environmental review, design and construction.

The station will feature two center island platforms in order to provide the flexibility to serve both local and express Metro-North and Amtrak trains, according to a press release. The station also will have about 1,000 parking spaces.

The $15 million CTFasTrak grant request proposes enhancements to improve access between Bus Rapid Transit stations and employment.

The application requested $15 million, which would be added to $11.85 million from state and municipal coffers.

This project would strengthen connections between low-income, transit-dependent neighborhoods that surround most stations and the corridor’s large employment base of 115,900 jobs, according to a press release. Access to employment would be improved by constructing complete streets, enhancing transit operations, and improving infrastructure that supports transit-oriented development, according to a press release.

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