Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Relocation of Amtrak Stop Investigated

One of the major recommendations from the Main Street Master Planning Study was the relocation of the train stop from the outskirts of downtown back into the heart of Main Street. The proposal is to move the train stop to north of the historic train station in the vicinity of the Amtrak maintenance yard. We have had several meetings with Amtrak and ConnDOT officials regarding this recommendation. The relocation largely hinges upon signalization and preemption issues. At a Town Meeting on July 7, 2009 residents voted to move forward with hiring a nationally recognized expert on these issues, Rick Campbell and his team from Campbell Technology Corporation, to review the Route 159/Route 140 intersection and provide valuable feedback as to the feasibility of relocating the train station.
The scope of the work will include:
  • Site visit to current train stop and proposed relocation site;
  • Review of existing plans (preemption, crossing warning, traffic signals);
  • Develop recommendations;
  • Meet with Town, DOT and Amtrak officials; and
  • Prepare executive summary and technical memorandum outlining findings and recommendations.

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