Branford (Shore Line East station)

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Branford
Branford station platform 076.JPG
Platform at Branford looking west
Station statistics
Address 39 Maple Street
Branford, CT 06405
Coordinates 41°16′29″N 72°49′02″W / 41.2746°N 72.8173°W / 41.2746; -72.8173Coordinates: 41°16′29″N 72°49′02″W / 41.2746°N 72.8173°W / 41.2746; -72.8173
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Rebuilt 2005
Electrified 25,000V (AC) overhead catenary
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by CDOT
Services
Preceding station   ConnDOT   Following station
toward Stamford
Shore Line East
toward New London

Branford is a station along the Shore Line East commuter railroad between Stamford and New London, Connecticut. Branford is also a station on the northern section Northeast Corridor. Amtrak does not stop at this station but Amtrak trains can often be seen passing this station.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the Shore Line East system, Branford was a stop for Amtrak's Beacon Hill trains.[2] The current station, with an ADA-compliant high-level side platform, opened on August 8, 2005, replacing a nearby earlier station with low-level platforms.[3] A second platform on the north side of the tracks was originally to be constructed beginning in November 2012.[4] Construction on the $16.5M project - which includes the new platform, a pedestrian overpass with elevators, a drop-off lot on the north side of the tracks, and restoration of an existing parking lot - began in September 2013.[5]

Parking[edit]

Ridership increases rendered the 199-spot parking lot at Branford insufficient. As a result, a 272-spot expansion was opened in late June, 2011, bringing total available parking at the station to 471 spots.[6]

Other train stations in Branford[edit]

Downtown Branford was not the only part of Branford with a train station. Stations were located at Pine Orchard (off Pine Orchard Road) and Stony Creek (off Totoket Road (CT-146) near Branford Center). Both stops served the Clamdigger until it was discontinued in 1972.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Branford station Shore Line East official website
  2. ^ 1979 Amtrak Beacon Hill timetable
  3. ^ http://www.shorelineeast.com/whatsnew.htm retrieved 2008-08-17
  4. ^ Mazzacane, Steven M. (31 July 2012). "New North Side Platform and Overpass for Branford Train Station". The Branford Seven. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Mazzacane, Stephen M. (9 September 2013). "Work Begins on Branford Train Station Improvements". Branford Seven. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Hunter, Felicia. "Commuters See a Lot to Like at Branford Train Station". Branford Patch. Patch. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (1 May 1971). "Nationwide Schedules of Intercity Passenger Service". The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 6. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

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