Green's Farms (Metro-North station)

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Green's Farms
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The Green's Farms tiny station house
Station statistics
Address 2 Post Office Lane,
Westport, CT 06880
Coordinates 41°07′24″N 73°18′55″W / 41.123316°N 73.315415°W / 41.123316; -73.315415Coordinates: 41°07′24″N 73°18′55″W / 41.123316°N 73.315415°W / 41.123316; -73.315415
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Norwalk Transit District: G1, G2, Nyla Farms Shuttle
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 466 spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes; Bike racks
Other information
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Fare zone 18
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 150,540 Steady 0%
Services
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New Haven Line

Green's Farms Metro-North Railroad station is one of two New Haven Line stations serving the residents of Westport, Connecticut. The station is located in the Greens Farms area of Westport in the southeastern part of town, and the technically incorrect apostrophe in the station name dates to New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad ownership of the line. No other entity spells "Greens Farms" with an apostrophe.

Green's Farms is 47.2 miles (76.0 km) from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time from Grand Central is one hour, 11 minutes though this varies depending on run and time of day.

The station has 466 parking spaces, all owned by the state.[1] Interstate 95 borders the parking lots to the north of the station on either side of New Creek Road.

Like other station houses on the New Haven Line, the one at Green's Farms is on the north side of the tracks, just east of New Creek Road, which runs beneath a railroad bridge. Access to the south side of the tracks is down a wooden staircase, under the railroad bridge at New Creek Road, and up another wooden staircase. Part of the platform near the station house is covered, and on the east end of the north platform another, rusty metal canopy covers a small area. A ticket machine is on the north platform near the station house. Bicycle stands are located to the east of the station house. On the south side of the tracks, a standard see-through shelter seats eight.

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

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

Within walking distance[edit]

Bell on Post Office Lane.

The Greens Farms Post Office is north and east of the station, on Post Office Lane about 200 feet from the station house. A large bell, cast in 1887 by the Henry McShane Company in Baltimore, sits in a small, round traffic island just past the USPS office. No plaque identifies the bell's original function.

Within walking distance of the station there is little but expensive homes and, to the south, a nice view of Long Island Sound. Greens Farms Academy is about a 10-minute walk from the station, south, just past the salt marsh on the station's south side.

Past the school, Beachside Avenue provides a pleasant walk past many large estates (some of the most expensive residential property in Westport). Marlo Thomas and her husband, Phil Donohue, live in the area. The street has no sidewalks, but there is little traffic. High walls block some views, but not all: A giant Claes Oldenburg artwork — a typewriter eraser — stands perhaps eight feet high on the lawn of one estate on the south side of the road. (Radio personality Don Imus is a present or former resident, as well, and Martha Stewart previously lived in the neighborhood, producing a television program out of her home on Turkey Hill Road.)

About 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from the railroad station, where Beachside Avenue crosses a small bridge leads to Pequot Road and Burial Hill Beach, and past that into the Southport section of Fairfield, Connecticut. Another mile up Pequot Road, on Center Street, is the next station up the line, the Southport Railroad Station.

About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in the opposite direction from the station (north and west), is the Nyala Farms Corporate Center office complex, the headquarters of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds. The office buildings are barely visible from the road and a guardhouse blocks the entrance. Just past that office complex is Exit 18 of Interstate 95 and the entrance to Sherwood Island State Park. The east edge of the park actually extends quite close to the station, but public access to it is roundabout.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 1: New Haven Line Parking Capacity and Utilization". Task 2: Technical Memorandum parking Inventory and Utilization: Final Report. Urbitran Associates Inc. to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. July 2003. p. 6. 

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