Transportation

Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 9, 2016 7:10 am

This weekend marks 15 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, and there are three fitting events that commemorate that day: a morning service at Fire Headquarters, an evening service at Ecology Park and the dedication of PATH car 745 at the Shoreline Trolley Museum. On a lighter note, rub elbows with fairies at Guilford’s Dudley Farm, and sample fine coffees and dine Italian to benefit two great cat rescue organizations. Looking ahead, nothing says fall like pumpkins, so check out the Seymour Pumpkin Festival – just a short drive away.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Fairy Fest

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Train Station Delay: DOT Officials on Hot Seat

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2016 7:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Department of Transportation (DOT) officials fielded numerous questions this week as they tried to answer for the multitude of delays in the opening of the northbound side of the Branford Train Station. At a meeting at Fire Headquarters they addressed the concerns of state legislators, town officials, and the public.

Ultimately, the delays came down to site problems, manufacturing problems, and the tangled web that is MetroNorth, Shoreline East, and Amtrak. Amtrak emerged as one of the key factors in the ongoing delays of the project, which is now scheduled to open for two-way rail service on Sept. 30th.

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September Train Station Opening? Briefing Wednesday

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 30, 2016 11:00 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Two days before a briefing by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) on the much-delayed Branford Train Station project, the Eagle has learned that the opening is now planned for the end of September. Fingers crossed.

The briefing, open to the public, will take place at the Branford Fire Headquarters on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed ‘Embarrassing’

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (5)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

Fullerton learned last week of the latest delay in the two-way project, which was first announced in August 2008, with an expected June 2011 completion at that time.  Then came years of delay before shovels hit the ground. 

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Town’s Boat Launch Closes July 18

by Diana Stricker | Jul 6, 2016 7:00 am

File Photo The good news is the town’s boat launch on the Branford River was open during the first part of the summer. The bad news is that it will be closed for re-construction from July 18 through Nov. 14, 2016.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is replacing the aging launch at 38 Goodsell Point Road with a new state-of-the-art structure. The DEEP said in February that the closure would begin in late spring, but it recently announced the exact dates.

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Amtrak Confirms Acela Express Struck Woman

by Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Jun 17, 2016 7:02 am

With PermissionSarah Graham Addy, 31, left a note on Monday telling her family she was going for a hike in the woods nearby. Soon after, Acela Express Train 2158, traveling eastbound from Washington to Boston, reported having “struck something” around 2 p.m. Monday in Stony Creek. The train did not stop.

“There was no interruption of service at that time,” Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said yesterday, adding that train service was first “put on hold” when Addy’s body was found Tuesday evening along the railroad tracks just east of Thimble Island Road.

A new timeline in the death of Addy, 31, emerged yesterday as the Eagle sought information from Amtrak, which assisted Branford and state police in their search for Addy, a search that was officially announced shortly after noon Tuesday. Police investigators initially said they believed Addy was struck by an eastbound train “sometimes during the nighttime hours” Monday night. 

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Train Station Grand Opening: Getting Closer

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2016 7:13 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Department of Transportation officials are counting down the weeks to the completion of the Branford Train Station redo, a project that has been in the works since May 2013 and when finished will provide two-way train travel.

As of December 2015, much of the work hinged on installation of the elevators, which enable access to the north side of the tracks. According to DOT Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton, they have now been installed, but have not yet passed inspection. “State elevator inspectors will perform that,” Fullerton said. “Hopefully within a week or so.”

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Harbor Street Bridge Gets Makeover

by Diana Stricker | Apr 28, 2016 7:59 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s going to take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point in 2017 because of a proposed six-month project to replace the Harbor Street Bridge which was built in 1940..

“You’re going to be doing construction when everyone is heading to the beach and boats,” one woman said during an informational meeting last week. 

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DMV Debacle May Scramble Town & City Grand Lists

by marcia chambers | Feb 19, 2016 2:04 pm

Blunders in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) new software computer program have led to errors in addresses and tax town codes for registered vehicles throughout the state, the state’s top assessors say.

The latest DMV debacle may well affect the ability of town and city assessors to properly complete grand (or tax) lists on time as the budget season approaches. 

This motor vehicle fiasco comes a month after DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Jan. 19 he would resign his post at the end of the week. As it turns out, Ayala was apparently briefed about the motor vehicle debacle when he met with John Rainaldi, president of the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers and other assessors, on Jan. 20. That was the day he formally resigned. 

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