The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $5 million for work at the Norwalk Merritt 7 Station on Metro-Norths Danbury Line when it meets Friday, according to State Sen. Bob Duff. The money will go for parking expansion and bridge and platform renovations.
"We've got to maintain and improve mass transit in Connecticut if we are committed to serving commuters and their employers and if we want to keep automobiles off an already overcrowded Interstate 95," Duff, a Norwalk Democrat who is vice-chairman of the legislature's Transportation Committee, said in a statement. "Improving and expanding our train stations is one way to achieve this."
Friday's bonding is part of the 2006 "Roadmap for Connecticut's Economic Future," which authorized $1 billion in new Special Tax Obligation (STO) bonding for strategic transportation projects and initiatives, including up to $60 million for capital investments in parking and rail station improvements on the New Haven Line and its branches and on Shore Line East service.
In July 2003, a third-party survey of Merritt 7 station riders found that the stationwhich has about seven dozen parking spaces and consists only of a platform and shelterreceived "fair" to "poor" ratings for such amenities as phones, news/magazine stand and bus drop-off/pick-up. Parking lot lighting and security were also criticized.
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