Meriden station

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Meriden
New pedestrian bridge at Meriden station under construction, December 2016.JPG
The new Meriden station under construction in December 2016
Location 60 State Street
Meriden, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°32′22″N 72°48′03″W / 41.5394°N 72.8008°W / 41.5394; -72.8008Coordinates: 41°32′22″N 72°48′03″W / 41.5394°N 72.8008°W / 41.5394; -72.8008
Line(s) New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms 1 side platform (2 will be built in 2016 with pedestrian bridge )
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Connecticut Transit Meriden: A, B, C
Connecticut Transit New Haven: C1
Local Transit Middletown Area Transit: M-Link
Other information
Station code MDN
History
Opened 1839
Rebuilt 1854
September 1882
September 21, 1942
1970
May 2017 (under construction)
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2016) 17,735[1]
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Haven
New Haven – Springfield Shuttle
Northeast Regional
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
  Starting in early 2018  
ConnDOT
Hartford Line
toward Springfield

Meriden is a train station on the New Haven-Springfield Line located at 60 State Street in Meriden, Connecticut. It is served by Amtrak's Northeast Regional, New Haven – Springfield Shuttle, and Vermonter. The station is being reconstructed for Hartford Line service; a temporary platform is in use until May 2017 during construction.

History[edit]

Postcard of the 1942-built Meriden station shortly after its construction

The Hartford and New Haven Railroad opened from New Haven to Meriden in December 1838, and to Hartford in December 1839.[2] The initial station was "shed-like"; services were moved to Conklin's Hotel in 1840 and the Rodgers Building in 1842.[3]

The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad built a brick colonial revival station in 1942. The city demolished that station and built a one-story brick station in 1970 as part of a downtown revitalization program.[3]

Reconstruction[edit]

The station is being reconstructed for use by Hartford Line commuter service, scheduled to begin operation in early 2018.[4] The new station, located on the site of the 1970-built station, will have two high-level platforms connected by an overhead pedestrian bridge. It will not be staffed, heated, or equipped with toilet facilities. Demolition of an adjacent building to make room for the parking lot began in October 2014.[5]

The ticket office in the 1970-built station building was closed on March 4, 2016, and the station building itself closed for demolition on March 12.[6] The old platform was replaced by a temporary boarding area on March 28, 2016.[7] The frame of the new station was completed by July 2016.[8] The rebuilt Meriden, Berlin, and Wallingford stations are expected to be completed by May 2017, although the stations will serve only existing Amtrak service until 2018 when Hartford Line service begins.[9][10]

Connections[edit]

A route C5 bus at Meriden in December 2016

Meriden is served by bus routes on three local systems:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. 
  2. ^ Karr, Ronald Dale (1995). The Rail Lines of Southern New England. Branch Line Press. pp. 74–78. ISBN 0942147022. 
  3. ^ a b "Meriden, CT (MDN)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Stacom, Dan (December 4, 2015). "Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Callahan, Molly (October 28, 2014). "Another downtown demo project begins in Meriden". Record Journal. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Meriden Station to Close Permanently; Passengers Will Board All Trains at the Platforms Starting March 12, 2016" (Press release). Amtrak. March 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Temporary Boarding Platform to Open March 28 in Meriden: New Station to be Constructed as part of NHHS Rail Program" (Press release). Connecticut Department of Transportation. March 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Callahan, Molly (July 22, 2016). "Meriden train station on schedule to be complete by November". Meriden Record Journal. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ Lipiner, Bryan (August 23, 2016). "New train stations in Wallingford and Meriden may open in spring". Meriden Record-Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Construction Progresses at Hartford Line Stations" (PDF). NEW HAVEN - HARTFORD - SPRINGFIELD RAIL PROGRAM NEWSLETTER. Connecticut Department of Transportation: 2. Fall 2016. 

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