Six years ago, at the urging of Mayor Bill Finch and State Senator Andres Ayala, then Governor Dan Malloy rolled out an election-year proposal for a second city train station, an East Side urban development initiative to clean up a troubled tract of land. With Finch and Ayala out of office State Rep. Chris Rosario has become a champion of the project.
The price tag is now too lofty for Governor Ned Lamont who declares it’s not in his transportation funding plan, prompting frustration from Rosario who has touted the plan as a major initiative for jobs and transit-oriented development in his district.
“To just, literally, cease any plans or act like it doesn’t exist is very disappointing,” Rosario said, pledging, “I’m going to continue to push and fight for it however long I’m there (in the legislature).”
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
Although Gov. Ned Lamont did not use the word “dead,” he made it clear Monday that the city’s long-sought-after second train station will not be built anytime soon.
“We’re going to do something, certainly, with the rail station in Bridgeport,” Lamont said when asked by the Connecticut Post while visiting a local nonprofit about the chances of the state funding the $300 million East Side station.
Lamont then clarified he was referring to the downtown train station on Water Street.
“Right now our plan is to look at existing stations,” he said, adding later: “I want to make sure existing stations are up to speed, state of the art.”