UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Are Fairfielders Using Their New Train Station?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Are Fairfielders Using Their New Train Station?

A New Haven line train is due to stop in eight minutes, and no one is on either platform. There are plenty of cars in the parking lot, but at least a third of the 1,500 spaces are empty.
Just three people are waiting when their ride comes at about 4:21. They get on and head to the Fairfield center stop, where at least a dozen commuters are waiting for the train and one cannot see an empty parking space from the platform.
The Fairfield Metro train station opened five weeks ago after nearly 10 years in development. At the time, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker called the grand opening “a historic event.”
“This is going to be transformational for the town, it’s going to be transformational for the region, and most importantly it’s going to affect the lives of commuters in a very positive way,” Redeker said before cutting the ribbon on the station in December.
But based on the early evidence, it seems that residents still prefer the older Fairfield Center station to their new landmark. In a poll on The Daily Fairfield last month, the majority of readers preferred Fairfield Center — 54 percent to 38 percent. (Southport finished a distant third, with just three votes.)

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