Madison (Shore Line East station)

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Madison SLE Station.jpg
The rebuilt Madison station at its opening on July 28, 2008
Location 79 Bradley Road
Madison, CT 06443
Coordinates 41°17′01″N 72°35′58″W / 41.2836°N 72.5995°W / 41.2836; -72.5995Coordinates: 41°17′01″N 72°35′58″W / 41.2836°N 72.5995°W / 41.2836; -72.5995
Owned by CDOT
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Estuary Transit District
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1852 (NH&NL)
May 29, 1990 (SLE)
Rebuilt July 28, 2008
Electrified 25,000V (AC) overhead catenary
Preceding station   ConnDOT   Following station
toward Stamford
Shore Line East
toward New London

Madison is a passenger rail station along the Shore Line East commuter rail line, which runs on the Northeast Corridor between New Haven and New London. Maidson station consists of a mid-sized parking lot and one high-level side platform on the southbound side of the tracks. A second platform and three-story parking garage are planned for the future. The garage will allow the station, which is less than half a mile from I-95 and US-1, to serve as a park-and-ride station.

Madison is a commuter-only station; Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional services run through the station without stopping. Madison is served by about 11 Shore Line East trains in each direction on weekdays and 5 in each direction on weekends.


New Haven Railroad[edit]

The 1852-built station as depicted on an 1881 map. Note the cross-shaped NYP&B emblem

The New Haven & New London Railroad was charted in 1848, began construction in 1850, and opened for service in July 1852.[1] A station was located off Wall Street just north of downtown Madison.[2] The line was owned by the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad (the "Stonington Road") from 1858 to 1862, and by the Shore Line Railway from 1864 until it was acquired by the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad (the "New Haven") in 1870.[1] The New Haven continued local service along the route, including the stop at Madison, for nearly another century. Commuter service east of New Haven ceased on January 1, 1969, after the New Haven merged into Penn Central.

The 1852 depot was replaced by a newer station between 1900 and 1910, but it remained extant until it was declared structurally unsound around 2000. The Madison Senior Center, which had been a possible reuse of the station, was rebuilt on Old Route 79 as an exact replica.[3] The early 20th century depot was built slightly west of the Wall Street location, off Bradley Road. It is still in place, although a recent expansion has modified its shape.[3]

Shore Line East[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the Shore Line East system, Madison was a stop for Amtrak's Beacon Hill trains,[4] On July 28, 2008, a new station with a high-level side platform and commuter shelter area opened for service a short distance to the West of the previous station.[5]

Transit connections[edit]


  1. ^ a b Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. pp. 94–96. ISBN 0942147022. 
  2. ^ S.I. (1850). "Madison, Conn. (Petersen Collection)". UConn Libraries. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. pp. 62–63, 199. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  4. ^ 1979 Amtrak Beacon Hill timetable
  5. ^ "Shore Line East article on new station". 

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