Wallingford station (Connecticut)

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Wallingford
Wallingford Amtrak station, November 2013.jpg
Wallingford station in November 2013
Location 37 Hall Avenue
Wallingford, Connecticut
Line(s) New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections Local Transit Connecticut Transit
Other information
Station code WFD
History
Opened 1871
Rebuilt May 2017 (under construction)
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2016) 9,377[1]
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Northeast Regional
Terminus
New Haven – Springfield Shuttle
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
  Starting in early 2018  
ConnDOT
Hartford Line
toward Springfield
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[2]
Added to NRHP November 19, 1993

Wallingford station is an Amtrak train station in Wallingford, Connecticut. It serves the Northeast Regional, New Haven – Springfield Shuttle, and the Vermonter lines. The station is located adjacent to the town green, between Hall Avenue and Quinnipiac Avenue, near where both intersect with Colony Street (U.S. Route 5).

Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to add a new commuter service called the Hartford Line in collaboration with Amtrak and the federal government that will run between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts. As of late 2015, funding had been secured and the service is scheduled to begin operation in early 2018.[3] A new station with high-level platforms is under construction to the north of the existing station; it will open in May 2017.

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]

Only the platform at Wallingford remains in use by Amtrak today; the 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. Wallingford station 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. A new station is under construction half a mile to the north on Parker Street to accommodate the increased number of passengers.

A temporary platform replaced the former platform on May 1, 2016. The temporary platform will be used until the new station is completed.[5] 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 January 2018 when Hartford Line service begins.[6][7]

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.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. 
  2. ^ "State Listings - Connecticut - New Haven County". National Register of Historic Places. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Stacom, Dan (December 4, 2015). "Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Wallingford, CT (WFD)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Construction Update: Town of Wallingford - April 29- May 1, 2016". Connecticut Department of Transportation. April 27, 2016. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Lipiner, Bryan (August 23, 2016). "New train stations in Wallingford and Meriden may open in spring". Meriden Record-Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Construction Progresses at Hartford Line Stations". NEW HAVEN - HARTFORD - SPRINGFIELD RAIL PROGRAM NEWSLETTER. Connecticut Department of Transportation: 2. Fall 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fall 2016 Newsletter" (PDF). nhhsrail.com. Connecticut Department of Transportation. November 29, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 

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