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  by dha10001
 
Some updates on the Enfield platform:

Journal Enquirer article with images, by Adam Hushin (text behind paywall)
https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/e ... 22d72.html

Enfield Town Council Meeting Minutes
Presentation by DOT on platform proposal
https://enfield-ct.gov/AgendaCenter/Vie ... 52021-4270

DOT is planning to build a single platform on the east side of the tracks wit a partially covered waiting area. According to DOT, the platform is on track for fall 2023 completion, which puts it on a similar timeline as the Windsor Locks platform. All in all, things are looking good for the north end of the Hartford Line.
  by njtmnrrbuff
 
That's great news, indeed, for those who live in Enfield and the surrounding towns on the east bank of the Connecticut River closest to where the Springfield Line runs, especially when heading south. If there is still going to be double track through this spot, then I would probably want to see the second platform get built. A 200 feet long platform might not be long enough especially when we are talking about a three or more car train with all of the doors opening up. At least, it's good that Enfield will be getting a train station.
  by russellsal8
 
I noticed the article says that the platform will be built on the EAST side of the track. According to the Satellite view, it looks like the second trackway is east of the current track. Hopefully, they won't be building the platform directly on top of the current track way. This would impede the construction of a second track and second platform in the future. Even if these aren't needed at the present time, it would behoove CTDOT to construct this station in a way so that building a second track/platform wouldn't be impeded.
  by Rockingham Racer
 
I'm not familiar with the railroad thru the area. Is it one tracks, or two? If two, this is not a great plan, as a single platform can lead to delays of trains if they are off schedule.
  by Ridgefielder
 
Rockingham Racer wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:32 am I'm not familiar with the railroad thru the area. Is it one tracks, or two? If two, this is not a great plan, as a single platform can lead to delays of trains if they are off schedule.
Single-track at present, but I believe it's a 3-track ROW through here.
  by dgvrengineer
 
They must have built a new bridge over Main St in Enfield where the new station is going since the double track was removed as the current bridge appears to be single track only. Any double tracking in this area would require a new bridge.
  by JcPinCT
 
Designs will be completed in the summer of 2023, with plans to go out to bid for the project that fall, Garrett Eucalitto, deputy commissioner of the Department of Transportation, said at an announcement of the project Thursday.

“Construction should start in early of 2024,” Eucalitto said. “ConnDOT’s been working on the design in the hope we will get the federal funds and be ready to go with construction starting in about a year and a half after that.”

https://www.ctinsider.com/hartford/arti ... 215974.php
  by Kilo Echo
 
On Thursday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation received (up to) $13,860,000 in federal funding for Enfield Station and Track Improvements:

The proposed project will conduct environmental review, preliminary engineering, final design, and construction of a new station to accommodate increased service as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program and improve under bridge clearance in Enfield, Connecticut. Specific improvements will include a 500-ft level boarding platform, a utility building with waiting area, and station parking. Track and signal work are needed to support the platform, and the clearance will be improved by raising the bridge and lowering the road. Connecticut DOT will provide a 50 percent match, and the project also includes additional Federal funds from FTA.

Source: Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program: FY2021 Selections
  by Train322
 
Is it possible to have a center platform for when the second track is added? (similar to the Harlem line)?
Not sure how much room exists.
Would they have elevators and stairs like the three southern stations or would it be more like Windsor?
  by daybeers
 
I truly don't know why it'll take so long to design and construct a single platform, waiting room, and some parking. It's not even for two tracks!!! UGHHH
  by RandallW
 
daybeers wrote: Sun Jun 05, 2022 2:59 pm I truly don't know why it'll take so long to design and construct a single platform, waiting room, and some parking. It's not even for two tracks!!! UGHHH
Letting the design and build contracts is probably the longest single step in the process.