Stamford Transportation Center

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Stamford station from the garage in 2007
Location 490 Washington Boulevard (30 South State Street)
Stamford, Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°02′49″N 73°32′29″W / 41.046937°N 73.541493°W / 41.046937; -73.541493Coordinates: 41°02′49″N 73°32′29″W / 41.046937°N 73.541493°W / 41.046937; -73.541493
Owned by ConnDOT
Line(s) Northeast Corridor (ConnDOT)
Platforms 2 island platforms
2 side platforms
Tracks 6 ( 5 Used )
Connections Local Transit CT Transit Stamford: 311, 312, 313, 321, 324, 326, 327, 328, 331, 333, 334, 335, 336, 341, 342, 344, 345, 351, 971
Intercity Bus Greyhound
Parking 1,500
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code STM (Amtrak)
Fare zone 16 (Metro-North)
Opened 1849
Rebuilt 1861, 1890s, 1987, 2004
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Passengers (2016) 8.424 million[1]Increase 27% (Metro-North)
Passengers (FY2017) 410,593[2]Increase 2.25% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Acela Express
toward St. Albans
Northeast Regional
TerminusShore Line East
toward New London
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line
TerminusNew Canaan Branch
toward New Canaan

Stamford, officially known as the Stewart B. McKinney Transportation Center[3] or the Stamford Transportation Center, is a major railroad station in the city of Stamford, Connecticut, serving passengers traveling on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, and Shore Line East. In addition, it is also a major bus terminal for Greyhound, Peter Pan, and CTtransit buses. Annual ridership on Metro-North exceeded 8.4 million in 2016, making it the second busiest station in the entire system, after Grand Central Terminal.[4]

The station is 33 miles (53 km) from Grand Central Terminal. Just northeast of the station is the split for the New Canaan Branch. A few Shore Line East trains terminate at Stamford during the morning rush hour, and originate there in the evening.

United Airlines codeshares with Amtrak to provide service out of Stamford station to the train station at United's Northeast hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. As such, the train station has the IATA airport code (as an IATA-indexed train station) ZTF.

Downtown Stamford is directly north of the station, while the South End is directly south. The South End is currently going through one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the nation, branded Harbor Point.[5]


The 1861-built depot in 1868
The 1890s-built station in 1983

Regular daily train service began in Stamford on January 1, 1849. In 1867, a depot was built one block east of the present location. The railroad at that time consisted of two tracks and passed through town on ground level (crossing the streets at grade). In the mid-1890s two more tracks were added to the line and most crossings were elevated and bridged, so the 1867 depot, was razed and replaced.[6]

In 1987, the New York Times published a review of the then-new Stamford Transportation Center by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. The station was criticized for "a harshness almost unequaled in contemporary architecture" as well as for cost overruns and many functional failings, including the lack of shelter for the track platforms. The route from the cross-tracks waiting room to the platform was so long and indirect that passengers who waited indoors until a train's arrival was announced could not get to the platform in time to board it.[7]

A complete renovation of the station in the early 2000s, provided for in the original design of the overhead structure, addressed these problems. The two platforms were made island platforms, capable of serving four tracks. Added features included platform canopies, stairs and escalators directly from the waiting room for the tracks, and a new platform crossover, connecting to the parking garage.

Station layout[edit]

The station concourse.

This station has two high-level 10-car-long side platforms and two high-level 12-car-long island platforms. The main station concourse straddles the tracks of the Northeast Corridor, and contains the ticket booth, a passenger waiting area, and shops. Below the platform level is an MTA police station, other shops, a Greyhound/Peter Pan office and CT Transit Customer Information Center. Stairs and escalators lead to the platform level. On the south side of the station, across an access street, is a large parking garage connected to the concourse by one pedestrian bridge and directly connected to the east end of the platforms by a second bridge (both bridges connect to Level 4 of the garage).

A bus station is located just to the north of the train station, underneath a large bridge carrying Interstate 95. Taxis, often lined up by the dozens, pick up passengers at a stand on the south side of the station. A car rental agency is located southwest of the station building.

M Mezzanine Crossover between platforms
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 5 New Canaan Branch toward New Canaan (Glenbrook)
New Canaan Branch toward New York–Grand Central (Harlem–125th Street)
New Canaan Branch alighting passengers only
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 3 New Haven Line toward New York–Grand Central (Old Greenwich)
Danbury Branch toward New York–Grand Central (Greenwich)
Northeast Regional toward Norfolk, Newport News or Roanoke (New Rochelle)
Acela Express, Vermonter toward Washington (New York–Penn Station)
Track 1 Acela Express select trains do not stop here →
New Haven Line select trains do not stop here →
Track 2 Acela Express toward Boston (New Haven)
Northeast Regional toward Boston or Springfield (Bridgeport)
Vermonter toward St. Albans (Bridgeport)
New Haven Line New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Noroton Heights)
Danbury Branch toward Danbury (Noroton Heights)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 4 New Haven Line New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Noroton Heights)
Danbury Branch toward Danbury (Noroton Heights)
New Haven Line alighting passengers only →
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access\
G Street level Exit/entrance and parking


Multiple parking garages are within the area, including a garage that is open 24/7 and is linked by air-bridge to the upper level of the train station.

In 2012 it was announced by the Connecticut Dept of Transportation that the old parking garage would be demolished. An RFP was issued [2] seeking developers' ideas for what to construct on the site of the old garage with the possibility that replacement parking (for 1000 spaces) would be moved to a quarter mile from the rail station.

Harbor Point Gateway Garage, at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and West Henry Street, provides indoor parking near the station. The facility includes an electric vehicle charging station as well as a car wash/detail service. A pedestrian bridge over Washington Boulevard provides direct access to the train platform from the garage.


The number of people taking Metro-North to Stamford doubled from 2,155 in 1996 to 4,226 in 2006. In recent years, additional office space has been built near the train station to allow commuters to avoid Interstate 95, which is typically very congested during rush hour. For example, The Royal Bank of Scotland completed a $400 million office building in 2008 within 200 yards of the station.[8]

Stamford is the busiest Metro-North Railroad station outside of New York City, with the only busier station being Grand Central Terminal. As of 2016, average weekday commuter ridership for the center was 30,000 passengers, ranking among the busiest in the metropolitan area.[9]


Stamford receives very frequent rail service on the New Haven Line. During peak hours, trains at Stamford come in intervals as little as three or seven minutes apart.[10] Reverse commute trains during rush hours also operate relatively frequently, at intervals of ten to twenty minutes.[10] Off-peak trains in both directions arrive at Stamford every thirty to forty minutes, but usually within a half-hour of each other.[10]

Due to ridership growth in recent years, eastern Connecticut rail service provider Shore Line East announced on March 19, 2007 that it would extend more of its trains to Stamford during peak hours.[11] To coincide with the extension of this service, Metro-North added another five trains on the New Haven Line to cope with the increases in passenger demand at Stamford.[11]

Amtrak also runs three routes which stop at Stamford: the Acela Express, the only high-speed rail service in the United States, the Northeast Regional, providing local service along the Northeast Corridor, on which Stamford is a vital station, and the Vermonter, the only train from Connecticut that goes to Vermont. Stamford is now the second-busiest Amtrak station in Connecticut, after New Haven's Union Station.[2]


  1. ^ "City of Stamford Economic Development Transportation Page" (Website). City of Stamford. November 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Transportation | City of Stamford Economic Development". Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Stamford's Harbor Point: City seeks to discern South End changes". StamfordAdvocate. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  6. ^ [1] Web page titled "Photo Archivist's Selection of the Month: December 2000 / What would be a suitable selection for December? How about the railroad?" at the Stamford Historical Society Web site, accessed March 24, 2007
  7. ^ Goldberger, Paul (December 7, 1987). "A Hard-Edged Station for Stamford". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Belson, Ken (May 21, 2007). "In Stamford, a Plan to Rebuild an Area and Build an Advantage". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Prevost, Lisa (August 12, 2007). "Now Arriving: Reverse Commuters". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Weekday New Haven Line timetable Metro-North official site Retrieved August 18, 2007
  11. ^ a b Metro-North, Shore Line East to operate more commuter trains in Connecticut Progressive Railroading Retrieved August 18, 2007

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