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  by nomis
DOT reveals early plan for Stamford train station garage
https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/ ... 318758.php
It’s best described with a two-word rhyme: Tight site.

That’s what state transportation officials had to say about construction of a 960-space train station parking garage on South State Street.

The eight-story structure must be squeezed into a spot circled by the station, railroad tracks, catenary wires, Washington Boulevard, Interstate 95 and Mill River, Department of Transportation officials told members of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council Wednesday night.
  by nomis
State Link: https://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=3403&Q=606094


There will be a public open house for this project:

Public Open House Flyer
DATE: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
TIME: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: Stamford Transportation Center, Lower Level Meeting Room (near CTTransit)
Stamford, CT

Project Description: The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) is proposing to construct a new parking garage for the Stamford Transportation Center (STC) on South State Street in the City of Stamford. The new garage will be connected to the station via an enclosed pedestrian bridge over Washington Boulevard. The proposed project site is State of Connecticut property bounded on the south by Metro-North Railroad right-of-way, on the east by Washington Boulevard, on the west by the Rippowam River, and on the north by I-95. The project site is partially occupied by an existing surface parking lot for the STC.

The purpose of the proposed project is to replace the aging original garage structure (currently located on Station Place) with a low maintenance, long service life facility that meets the demand for State-owned commuter parking spaces located proximate to the STC. The needs for the project include:

Addressing the poor condition and continued degradation of the original garage structure that have precipitated closing of two levels of the garage to traffic and parking;

Satisfying existing commuter parking demands at the STC;

Replacing the potential loss of private commuter parking supply for the STC with State-owned and maintained parking spaces that provide similar convenience and commuter amenity as the existing private parking facilities;

Meeting customer expectations for availability, accessibility, and convenience of commuter parking accommodations of the STC; and

Minimizing and managing commuter disruption and commuter parking impacts during the construction of the proposed parking garage.

The proposed garage will provide approximately 960 commuter parking spaces, resulting in a net increase of approximately 130 State-owned spaces at the STC. The proposed parking garage and pedestrian bridge to the station will be advanced to design and construction as a design-build project, which is planned to begin in 2019. Parking will be maintained in the original garage structure throughout construction of the proposed garage to help minimize commuter parking impacts. The original garage will be closed upon completion of the proposed garage and will be demolished in the future under a separate construction contract.

The Department previously pursued a new parking project for the STC as part of a transit-oriented development (TOD). The current proposal is not a TOD project. Under this previous effort, the Department completed an Environmental Impact Evaluation in accordance with the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) to evaluate and document the potential environmental impacts of the project and to outline recommended mitigation for those impacts.

The EIE (dated August 2012) is available HERE for information (pdf 6.1Mb).

As part of the current project effort, the Department is conducting a new early public scoping process in accordance with CEPA.

Information Packet (pdf 5.8Mb)

October 24, 2018 Public Information & Scoping Meeting Materials:

Public Meeting Presentation (pdf 19.2Mb)
Public Meeting Handout (pdf 361Kb)
Traffic Simulations (pptx 35.3Mb)
Public Meeting Exhibits (pdf 6.3Mb)

Written comments should be sent to:

NAME: Ms. Kimberly Lesay – Transportation Assistant Planning Director
AGENCY: State Department of Transportation
Bureau of Policy and Planning
E-MAIL: [email protected]
ADDRESS: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
  by Jeff Smith
StamfordAdvocate.com: Stamford train station gets $22.9M for improvements
STAMFORD — A combined $22.9 million will next year be put to work improving the Stamford Transportation Center’s elevators, escalators and so-called internal circulation, or how people navigate the station.
It is unclear, however, what exactly upgrades to the “internal circulation system” means, and what the grant will fund. DOT spokesman Judd Everhart said in an email that “the upgrades are designed to improve flow within the facility through faster and more reliable people-moving equipment. Other enhancements to the Stamford Transportation Center are being explored as part of a multi-phased program, but we do not have specifics at this time.”
The money will fund upgrades to 17 escalators and several elevators, which will ensure the station can operate in a state of good repair for the next 25 years and beyond, according to the release. The DOT will administer the grant, and construction on the improvements is expected to begin next year.

In addition, and independent of this project, the DOT launched a multi-year improvement initiative that includes canopy, lighting, restroom and communications upgrades, the release said.