November 6, 2017
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Wallingford rail station debuts

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Gov. Dannel Malloy speaks at the Nov. 6 dedication of a Wallingford train station.

The first of several new stations along Connecticut's expanding commuter-rail network opened Monday in Wallingford.

The governor and state and federal transportation officials joined with local dignitaries to dedicate the newly built $21 million CTrail Hartford Line station at 343 North Cherry St.

The station immediately began providing service to existing Amtrak trains. Eventually, it will be among several stops along the line under construction for a mid-2018 launch between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield.

Other stations are being built or renovated along the route, including New Haven's Union Station, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Springfield. Additional new stations are currently in design for North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, and Enfield.

The Wallingford station contains 221 parking spaces in two surface parking lots, accessible via North Colony Road and North Cherry Street. The North Cherry Street lot also contains an electric-vehicle charging station.

Parking is $2 daily or $20 monthly for all vehicles. Parking is free weekends and federal holidays.

Begun in Dec. 2014, the new Wallingford station's amenities include high-level platforms on both sides of the tracks; elevators; ticket vending machines, a passenger information display system, and an overhead pedestrian bridge.

The former Wallingford station, adjacent to the railroad green at 37 Hall Ave., will now serve as as a hub for town life, anchoring the downtown community, officials said. The existing station building houses several organizations, including the Wallingford Adult Education Center and the New Haven Society of Model Engineers Railroad Club.

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