From the beginning this station was sold as an economic development project for East Bridgeport. There is quite a bit of vacant and underused land around the station area that was thought to be attractive for major future TOD. You can see all of that planned out in detail in the Barnum Station Transit-Oriented Development Master Plan and Adaptive Reuse Strategy linked below. The plan to build two island platforms in order to serve local and express trains was seen as a way to give Bridgeport an express top comparable to Stamford and New Haven that would support a future Local + Express service plan by MNR and Amtrak intercity trains. Presumably Amtrak trains would no longer stop at the downtown Bridgeport station. However, this project just doesn't rank on the list of priorities for the New Haven Line, let alone the fact there's no money. I also suspect the Amazon HQ2 announcement dealt a blow to this project by demonstrating that the new jobs this project was meant to attract are much more likely to get created in existing urban areas rich with high tech jobs, skilled workers, amenities, etc. New Haven and Stamford are CT's best bets for attracting those jobs so resources should be spent there, rather than trying to make a very uncompetitive city competitive.
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Also, building train stations solely in response to the need to provide more commuter parking spots and then dedicating the land around such stations to expensive surface or structured parking is an outdated, inefficient, and unsustainable model. If you want to complain about an excess of stations on the New Haven Line, in Fairfield County, that strategy is the culprit.