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Connecticut Governor Announces Opening of Parking Garage, Releases Master Plan for Future Investments in Stamford

STAMFORD, CT — Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto recently hosted a ceremony attended by local and state officials and members of the public to commemorate the grand opening of the new parking garage at the Stewart B. McKinney Transportation Center (commonly known as the Stamford Transportation Center), which is now available for use by the public.

“The new parking garage ensures that commuters, no matter if they are driving, walking, or biking, have convenient, safe access to the Stamford Transportation Center," Eucalitto said. "Thank you to Governor Lamont and our state delegation for ensuring we had dollars necessary to complete this 100 percent state-funded project. This state-of-the-art facility is a key component of the Stamford Transportation Center, enables opportunity for transit-oriented development, and sets the stage for the rehabilitation of the station.”

This new 914-space parking garage is attached directly to the Stamford Transportation Center via a 320-foot pedestrian garage and provides direct access to the Track 5 platform heading to Grand Central Terminal. It includes 92 electric vehicle charging stations, 120 bicycle parking spaces, including 50 e-bike charging stations, and has facade lighting with color changing high-efficient LED lighting that will commemorate special events and holidays. The parking garage project included the reconstruction of the South State Street and Washington Boulevard intersection, making it safer for all roadway users with new sidewalks, traffic signals, and thermal crosswalks.

“The opening of the new parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center marks a significant milestone for our city," State Senator Patricia Billie Miller said. "This new garage was backed by state resources and will reinforce our pivotal role in Connecticut’s transportation landscape while ensuring Stamford remains the vibrant center of the region’s rail system.”

This $100 million project was entirely funded by the state through bond funding and has been administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The original garage, built in 1985, will soon be closed and demolition will soon begin. Following that work, the Stamford Transportation Center will have nearly 2,100 parking spaces — an increase of 600 spaces from what was available prior to this project.

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CTDOT soon plans to issue a request for qualifications for a transit-oriented development project to be created at the site of the original garage property, which will complement additional investments that the City of Stamford has been making to improve properties and infrastructure around the station. This joint state and city endeavor is expected to drive further economic and community development for Stamford and the entire state.

“The opening of the new parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center is the first of many critical investments for enhancing the commuter experience and expanding access at our state’s busiest train station," Mayor Caroline Simmons said. "Transforming the Stamford train station into a world-class transit hub is a key priority for my administration. I am grateful to Governor Lamont, CTDOT Commissioner Eucalitto, and our delegation for their commitment, investment, and prioritization of the Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan, and I look forward to working alongside them to ensure this project is completed.”

In addition to the parking garage opening, Lamont and Eucalitto announce the release of CTDOT's Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan, which serves as the state’s vision for future improvements that can be made at Connecticut’s busiest public transportation hub. The master plan includes short and long-term recommendations that will improve multi-modal connectivity between trains, buses, and vehicles, provide upgraded passenger amenities and waiting areas, and expand and modernize the transportation facility.

“Stamford’s train station is the busiest public transportation hub in Connecticut, and the rail line that utilizes this station is the single most heavily used commuter rail line in the United States," Lamont said. "Thousands of people who live here depend on these trains to get them to their jobs every single day, and businesses benefit by being centrally located to a transportation center that is accessible and convenient for their workers. When we make investments to improve our transportation infrastructure, we are doing it with a laser focus on how our state and the people who live here can benefit economically to support themselves and their families.”

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