Pols Cut Fairfield Railroad Ribbon

From Governor Malloy:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined Fairfield First Selectman Michael C. Tetreau and other state and local officials to mark the opening of the Fairfield Metro railroad station. The $90 million station, which will open for commuter service on Monday, December 5, also includes 1,400 parking spaces.

Located midway between the Fairfield and Bridgeport stations, Fairfield Metro was built by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Town of Fairfield. The DOT owns the entire station facility, while the station and parking lot will be operated and maintained by Fusco Management Company. Connecticut train service is provided by Metro-North under contract to the DOT.

“This project will be an enormous advantage for Connecticut commuters–and state and local leaders should be congratulated for their efforts here,” said Governor Malloy. “I have been clear that we need to continue to invest in our transit infrastructure–it is one way we strengthen our economy and improve regional competitiveness. This new station demonstrates the power of partnerships to benefit the town and the state.”

Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau praised his town’s partnership with the state and said, “This station is the result of years of vision, hard work and joining forces with the Governor and the DOT to offer Fairfield a new commuting alternative. With three stations now in Fairfield and bus and taxi service coming next month to and from this station, our town is becoming a true transit focal point. I am delighted to stand today with Governor Malloy and see this become a reality.”

DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker noted that Fairfield Metro is fully ADA accessible with elevators on each platform. In addition, the station has two high-level platforms with full-length canopies that can accommodate 12 rail cars each. Other station amenities include ticket vending machines, benches, shelters and a fully enclosed pedestrian overpass for easy passage between platforms. Recycling centers also are available on the platforms.

Beginning in January, bus service to and from the station will be provided by Greater Bridgeport Transit. Taxi service will be available at the station, which is located at 61 Constant Comment Way in Fairfield.

The New Haven Line, the busiest single rail line in the United States, carried 37.3 million people in 2010, a 2.8% increase over the previous year.



  1. Once again your tax dollars hard at work. Better they should have upgraded Bridgeport’s train station, provided 2500 or more ON SITE parking spaces, made the upgrade look like Malloy’s Stamford train station with multiple very long platforms. That would have been a home run for Bridgeport.
    Instead you’re going to have a nightmare at Commerce Drive and Black Rock Turnpike at rush hour each and every day. You can make the bottle big there, but the neck is still small.

    1. On the bright side, the misnamed Black Rock station will add another 5-10 minutes to the commutes for everyone commuting on the train east of Black Rock and still not satisfy the demand for mass-transit parking.

  2. Not enough track space in Bridgeport to do what was done in Stamford. Stamford is a Terminus which means trains park there, are repaired there and originate and terminate from GCT there.

    1. Plenty of space for new track just south (west) of the ball park … no space over the water where the current station is. Remember they built this station about 1974 moving it from where the outdoor bus terminal is. So moving it closer to NYC by about 1/2 mile wouldn’t have been a stretch.


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