New Haven State Street station

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New Haven State Street
New Haven State Street Station.JPG
Station entrance from State Street
Location 259 State Street and
734 Chapel and Court Streets,
New Haven, CT 06519
Coordinates 41°18′21″N 72°55′18″W / 41.305763°N 72.921753°W / 41.305763; -72.921753
Line(s) Northeast Corridor
Platforms 1 island platform (open)
1 side platform (under construction)
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit CTTransit New Haven: C, D, F, G, L, M, Q, Z, New Haven Commuter Connection (AM only) - Downtown, Sargent Drive
Local Transit Yale Shuttle: Red Line
Parking No station parking (private garages nearby)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 21 (Metro-North)
Opened June 7, 2002[1]
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Preceding station   ConnDOT   Following station
toward Stamford
Shore Line East
toward New London
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad
New Haven Line Terminus
  Starting in early 2018  
Hartford Line
toward Springfield

New Haven State Street is a commuter rail station located off State Street in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The secondary railroad station in the city, it is located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) northeast of much larger New Haven Union Station and is intended to offer easier access to New Haven's business district. It is the penultimate westbound stop for the majority of Shore Line East runs and is the terminal of Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line for a limited number of peak-hour runs. Originally proposed in 1996, State Street opened on June 7, 2002 for Shore Line East service and for New Haven Line service on June 24, 2002.[1][2]

Additionally, State Street is a planned stop on the Hartford Line, a commuter rail service that will run between Union Station in downtown New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts. As of December 2015, funding had been secured with the service scheduled to begin operation in early 2018.[3]


Most Shore Line East trains stop at the station. Travel time to Union Station is approximately two minutes, and is fare-free.

Metro-North trains only serve the station on reverse peak runs (plus one midday trip). There are five trains from Grand Central Terminal and six trains to Grand Central per weekday. The Union Station - State Street section is not free on Metro-North trains.

In 2010, the developer of 360 State Street showed his interest in having more train service at State Street, which is directly across from the luxury apartment skyscraper. He predicted that Metro North would increase the number of trains servicing the station once demand became visibly high enough. In an 2010 interview with the New Haven Independent, he claimed “When we have 1,000 people living in this building, you’ll see more trains servicing the station.”[4]

Station design[edit]

Island platform at State Street viewed from a passing Amtrak train

State Street currently has one three-car-long high-level island platform, similar in design to the side platforms on other Shore Line East stations. The New Haven Line has four tracks at this location, located in a shallow cut. The platform is adjacent to Tracks 4 and 6, on the southeast side of the cut. The two northwest side tracks, numbered 1 and 2, are not adjacent to the platform and are used only by through trains.[5] The platform is connected by staircases and an elevator to a pedestrian bridge which leads to the street-level entrance and busway.

In 2010, the Connecticut Department of Transportation upgraded public address and visual messaging systems at State Street as a side part of a project to improve Union Station.[6]

Planned service[edit]

Second platform under construction in December 2016

State Street will be a stop on the Hartford Line, currently scheduled to begin service in 2018. A 180-foot side platform next to track 1, with a pedestrian bridge to the current entrance, will be built for the service.[7][8] The second platform will be built using $10 million in federal funding from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.[9] The project will also include security improvements, LED walkway and platform lighting, a sheltered bicycle parking area, platform snow melters, and real-time train information displays. [10] Construction on the second platform began in July 2016.[11]


  1. ^ a b "New State Street Railroad Station Opens In Downtown New Haven". Rideworks Review. Summer 2002. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Final Report of the Task Force on Rail Service". Connecticut General Assembly Office of Legislative Research. February 1996. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Stacom, Dan (December 4, 2015). "Springfield-To-New CommHavenuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Appal, Allan (March 9, 2010). "360 State Hailed As National Model". New Haven Independent. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Context Sensitive Design in Connecticut: State Street Railroad Station in New Haven, Connecticut". Northeast Regional Workshop. Context Sensitive Solutions. November 27, 2001. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stannard, Ed (May 6, 2010). "Work on New Haven train stations begins Monday". New Haven Register. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Emily" (October 18, 2011). "Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: State Street". I Ride the Harlem Line. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ CDM Smith (February 24, 2012). "Station and Layover Site Concept Plans" (PDF). New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Environmental Assessment. Connecticut Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "New Haven State Street Station to get 2nd platform through federal grant". New Haven Register. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "State Street Station – Public Information Meeting" (PDF). Connecticut Department of Transportation. July 22, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Construction Progresses at Hartford Line Stations". NEW HAVEN - HARTFORD - SPRINGFIELD RAIL PROGRAM NEWSLETTER. Connecticut Department of Transportation: 2. Fall 2016. 

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