Springdale (Metro-North station)
Springdale station in January 2011
|Location||886 Hope Street & 2 Clearview Avenue
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections||CTTransit Stamford: 34|
|Electrified||12,500V (AC) overhead catenary|
The Springdale station has a Plexiglas shelter (with a bench that seats eight) and a single side platform located on the west side of the track, allowing access to four railroad cars at once. The parking lot has landscaping and a "period pedestal clock".
The station has no ticket machine or staffed ticket office.
|ConnDOT||ConnDOT||MNR||MNR||MNR||MNR||MNR||Town||Town only handles parking|
The Springdale station began as a stop on the New Canaan Railroad, which was chartered May 1866 as a short branch of the New York and New Haven Railroad. The line opened July 4, 1868. As with the rest of the New Haven Railroad, the station was acquired by Penn Central Railroad in 1969, and went bankrupt within the next year. Despite these problems, Springdale station was reconstructed 1/10 of a mile south of its previous location in 1972 in order to accommodate the new M-2 Cosmopolitan railcars. The station remains at the same location to this present day.
By 2010, after condominiums were built on nearby Camp Avenue, the station became more crowded.
In April 2010, construction started on a 400-foot, $1 million canopy on the station platform. Gar-San Corporation of Watertown won the $1.87 million contract for the project. (The company was to build an identical canopy at the Stratford train station.) A large part of the expense came from having the foundation for the canopy to be drilled into the ground because of space constraints, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT). According to the DOT, construction was expected to be completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, 26 parking places were temporarily removed. Completion of the project was expected in December.
This station has one four-car-long high-level side platform to the west of the track.
|Street level||Exit/entrance and parking|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left or right|
|Track 1||← New Canaan Branch toward Grand Central or Stamford (Glenbrook)
New Canaan Branch toward New Canaan (Talmadge Hill) →
The parking lot is accessible from Hope Street and is located at the west side of the station. Station parking is controlled by Stamford city government, which owns most of the parking lot. The state owns a much smaller parking area at the south end of the station.
The station has wheelchair access, with a ramp to the platforms, but the Springdale station was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ramp may not meet ADA requirements, according to Metro-North. The nearest ADA-compliant station is the main Stamford station.
-  Springdale station Web page at Metro-North Railroad Web site, accessed July 4, 2007
- "Springdale Train Station Visual Inspection Report / January 2007" prepared by the Bureau of Public Transportation of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, accessed at the Connecticut Department of Transportation Web site on July 4, 2007
- "NEW HAVEN LINE TRAIN STATION VISUAL INSPECTION" (PDF). ct.gov.
- Cassidy, Martin B. (April 27, 2010). "Work begins on $1M canopy: Springdale depot to get 400-foot overhang". The Advocate. Stamford. p. A3.
- Greene, Chandra Johnson (December 2, 2010). "Rell: State to Invest $950,000 in Canopy for Glenbrook Station". Stamford Patch. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- Connecticut Rail Commuter Council is the official state advocate for commuters and brings station problems to the attention of officials.
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