Fairfield (Metro-North station)

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Fairfield
Fairfield mnr.jpg
Station statistics
Address 165 Unquowa Road (Westbound),
Fairfield, CT 06824
Coordinates 41°08′39″N 73°15′28″W / 41.144132°N 73.257737°W / 41.144132; -73.257737
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority: Coastal Link, 7
Local Transit Fairfield University Shuttle
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 1,216 spaces
Other information
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Fare zone 18
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 686,660 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line
Fairfield Railroad Stations
Fairfield (Metro-North station) is located in Connecticut
Fairfield (Metro-North station)
Location Fairfield, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°8′34″N 73°15′29″W / 41.14278°N 73.25806°W / 41.14278; -73.25806Coordinates: 41°8′34″N 73°15′29″W / 41.14278°N 73.25806°W / 41.14278; -73.25806
Area 0.7 acres (0.3 ha)
Built 1882
Architectural style Stick/Eastlake
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 89000926[1]
Added to NRHP July 28, 1989

The Fairfield Metro-North station is the main train station in Fairfield, Connecticut, serving commuters, students of Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep, and casual travelers via the New Haven Line. It is one of three stations in the town; the others being Southport and Fairfield Metro Center. The station is the transfer point for the Fairfield University Shuttle.

It is 50.5 miles from Grand Central Terminal, and the average travel time to New York City is one hour, 14 minutes on the express trains.

The station has 1,216 parking spaces, 376 owned by the state and operated by the town.[2] Almost all of the parking is located on the east side of the station.

Both the east-bound and west-bound station buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Fairfield Railroad Stations.

Station buildings[edit]

The east-bound station, is brick and was built in 1882. It replaced a station burned by a fire, and "is typical of the substantial brick stations built at small-town stops throughout the state in the period. Whereas earlier stations had been small wood-frame buildings, often in a picturesque Gothic or Italianate style, the stations of the 1880s were brick" to be fire-resistant and were larger to accommodate larger waiting areas and other amenities. They were "well-built but utilitarian" structures.[3]:5

West-bound station

The west-bound station, on the other hand, "stands as an excellent example of the New Haven Railroad's 1890s passenger facilities" reflecting changed priorities. It is a wooden structure.[3]:5

The stations as a pair were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

According to the 1988 NRHP application:

The Fairfield railway stations are significant as reminders of the important role of railroad passenger service in the historical development of Fairfield, as artifacts of the New Haven Railroad, a company that virtually monopolized the state's public transportation at the end of the 19th century, and as well-preserved examples of small-town station architecture.[3]:5

The 0.7-acre (0.28 ha) listed area was defined to include the two stations and their immediate surroundings, but to exclude a passenger cross-over and stairway, and to exclude associated parking areas.[3]

Platform and track configuration[edit]

3 New Haven Line for Grand Central
1 New Haven Line no stop
Northeast Corridor no stop
2 New Haven Line no stop
Northeast Corridor no stop
4 New Haven Line for New Haven – State Street

The main station house is wooden and on the eastern platform. It contained a ticket window that was closed July 7, 2010. All tickets must now be purchased from vending machines adjacent to the platforms.[4] Southbound trains stop on this side of the station. The station house on the west side is made of brick and entirely filled with businesses, including the Nauti Dolphin Pizza restaurant and the Fairfield Cab Company. Northbound trains stop at this side of the station.[5]

The busy Unquowa Road overpass crosses the northern end of the station. In order to cross from one platform to another, passengers must climb a staircase to this overpass and walk on the road's sidewalk across the tracks. Then, they must descend another staircase on the other side.

This station has two high-level side platforms, each six cars long. The northern platform, adjacent to Track 3, is generally used by westbound or trains. The southern platform, adjacent to Track 4, is generally used by eastbound trains.

The New Haven Line has four tracks at this location. The two inner tracks, not adjacent to either platform, are used only by express trains except when track 3 or 4 is closed for maintenance.

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