Wallingford station (Connecticut)

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Wallingford
Wallingford station from northbound platform, December 2017.JPG
The newly opened Wallingford station in December 2017
Location 343 North Cherry Street
Wallingford, Connecticut
Line(s) New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit CT Transit Wallingford: 292
Construction
Parking 221 surface spaces[1]
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WFD (Amtrak)
History
Opened 1871 (original station)
November 6, 2017 (new station)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2017) 8,258[2]Decrease 11.9%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Northeast Regional
toward Springfield
limited service
New Haven–Springfield Shuttle
ConnDOT
Hartford Line
toward Springfield
Proposed
Wallingford Railroad Station
Wallingford station (Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
Wallingford station (Connecticut)
Wallingford station (Connecticut) is located in the US
Wallingford station (Connecticut)
Location Wallingford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°27′25″N 72°49′29.5″W / 41.45694°N 72.824861°W / 41.45694; -72.824861Coordinates: 41°27′25″N 72°49′29.5″W / 41.45694°N 72.824861°W / 41.45694; -72.824861
Architect W.P. Dickerman
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP reference # 93001245[3]
Added to NRHP November 19, 1993

Wallingford is a train station on the New Haven–Springfield Line located in Wallingford, Connecticut. It is served by the CTrail Hartford Line and by Amtrak's Northeast Regional and New Haven–Springfield Shuttle. A new station with high-level platforms opened on November 6, 2017 to the north of the original station.

History[edit]

An Amtrak train at Wallingford in 1980

The depot at Wallingford was built in 1871 by the Hartford & New Haven Railroad on the Springfield Line, and was built in a French Second Empire style similar to that of Windsor Station.[4]

The original station building was closed to the public in 1994 and is now used for adult education and the New Haven Model Railroad Club. The line through Wallingford was double-tracked until 1990 when the second track was removed. Today there are 15 passenger trains a day in addition to a daily round-trip freight on the Springfield Line during the daytime. The original Wallingford station building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993. There are currently plans by Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation to add a new service called the Hartford Line.

Temporary platform used in mid-2016

A temporary platform replaced the former station platform on April 25, 2016. The temporary platform was used until the new station was completed.[5]

In fall 2016, the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission adopted a Transit-Oriented Development Plan, which outlined recommendations for development and infrastructure changes around the station. The existing commercial, industrial zone near the station, as part of the plan, will be replaced with medium- and high-density residential zoning. New commercial and residential development will be encouraged near the station and improvements will be made in the area of the station to connect to downtown Wallingford.[6]

The new station, which cost about $21 million to construct, opened on November 6, 2017.[1][7]

Amtrak's Vermonter stopped serving the Berlin and Wallingford stations on June 9, 2018 due to the Hartford Line.[8]

Station layout[edit]

Wallingford has two high-level side platforms serving both tracks.

M Mezzanine Crossover between platforms
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 New Haven–Springfield Shuttle toward New Haven (Terminus) or Springfield (Meriden)
Northeast Regional toward Northern Virginia (New Haven) or Springfield (Meriden)
Vermonter does not stop here →
Track 2 New Haven–Springfield Shuttle toward New Haven (Terminus) or Springfield (Meriden)
Northeast Regional toward Northern Virginia (New Haven) or Springfield (Meriden)
Vermonter does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street level Exit/entrance, parking, connection to CT Transit Wallingford

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zabierek, Matthew (November 5, 2017). "State to hold grand opening of Wallingford train station Monday". The Record-Journal. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "State Listings - Connecticut - New Haven County". National Register of Historic Places. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wallingford, CT (WFD)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Temporary Train Boarding Platform to Open April 25 in Berlin" (Press release). Connecticut Department of Transportation. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Fall 2016 Newsletter" (PDF). nhhsrail.com. Connecticut Department of Transportation. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Gov. Malloy Announces Opening of New Train Station in Wallingford That Will Serve the Hartford Line" (Press release). Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. November 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Vermonter Timetable" (PDF). Amtrak. June 9, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 

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