Norwalk's bus riders can expect a big improvement soon as the last piece of funding is put in place for improvements to the hub of the city's bus services, otherwise known as Pulse Point. Among the many improvements, waiting in the rain for a bus should be much more pleasant.
The Norwalk Transit District is slated to receive $403,000 to cover the required matching funds for reconstruction of the hub when the State Bond Commission meets Friday, according to state Sen. Bob Duff and Rep. Chris Perone, both Democrats from Norwalk.
"This is the last piece of the funding puzzle for the Pulse Point, which now gives us access to the balance of the federal funds that are going to pay for the completion of the project," Norwalk Transit District Administrator Louis Schulman said in a statement. "We're very grateful to Senator Duff for staying on top of this issue and speaking on our behalf over a period of several years to make it happen."
The project includes a 600-foot canopy, security cameras, shelters, seating, bike racks, security phones and other passenger amenities at Pulse Point, located on Burnell Boulevard. The project is expected to create or retain 78 construction-related jobs.
"This is an important project for the city of Norwalk as well as Norwalk residents and the ridership that relies on our local bus system," Duff, who serves as vice chair of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, said in the statement.
The nearly $4 million project is primarily financed through $1.5 million in stimulus funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, and a series of additional federal grants totaling $1.8 million that require a leveraging state match.
"I'm extremely happy that this is happening," Perone said in the statement. "As we all work to develop downtown Norwalk and a thriving local economy, we need a Pulse Point that is clean, safe and accessible and that provides a real service to the ridership." Both lawmakers thanked Gov. Dannel Malloy for including the funding on the agenda.
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