Strong Turnout on How To Connect Train Station to Neighborhoods

by Diana Stricker | May 30, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (1)

TOD Photo Sidewalks, directional signs and a trolley bus would help connect the Shoreline East Train Station to surrounding neighborhoods. Those were some basic ideas discussed at a recent public workshop for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study. More complex ideas include the possibility of re-development and new zoning regulations.

The TOD team is studying the half-mile radius around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station, an area that includes the riverfront.

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Wanted: New Ideas to Redevelop Train Station Area

by Diana Stricker | May 18, 2017 8:04 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Have you ever wondered if there could be better linkage between the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station and Branford’s Town Center?  Could improvements in the half-mile radius around the train station tie in with the historic downtown and the waterfront? Are there opportunities for re-development?

Those are some of the topics up for discussion as the Town of Branford hosts the first public workshop for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study on Monday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center. The workshop is open to anyone who lives or works in Branford.

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Atlantic Wharf Project Moves Forward

by Diana Stricker | Apr 27, 2017 7:40 am

With Permission The Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex in the heart of Branford is another step closer to reality now that the a court appeals process has ended. A permit to demolish the crumbling Atlantic Wire building may be the next step.

The option for further appeals was denied earlier this month by the state’s Appellate Court. The Costanzo family, of 33 Wilford Ave., initially filed an appeal in February 2016 in New Haven state Superior Court to reverse the decision of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding approval of Atlantic Wharf.  That appeal was dismissed in January 2017 by Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson who issued a 13-page decision. The judge said that “the substantial evidence” in the record “does not support any of the plaintiff’s three claims raised on appeal.”

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Fed Plan for High Speed Branford-Guilford Rail Tracks Draws Opposition

by marcia chambers | Apr 21, 2017 10:44 am | Comments (1)

Wikipedia Photo A plan by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to doubletrack railways between Branford and Guilford, part of future project to run Acela high-speed trains along the Northeast Corridor shoreline from Washington, D.C., to Boston, is producing stiff opposition in these close-knit communities. 

In recent months Old Lyme residents have mounted resistance to the FRA plan to build an all-new bypass line that would be created a mile or so inland from the shoreline, a bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island. This new route would run through the town of Old Lyme. The FRA’s idea is to re-route the trains of the future away from the curving track along the shoreline east of Old Saybrook. Click here to read a story in the CT Mirror.

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Branford In Motion Gets Moving

by Diana Stricker | Apr 3, 2017 8:01 am | Comments (1)

There’s good news for walkers and bicyclists in Branford — the new segment of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on the Tabor property should be complete by Fall, and a new committee is organizing called Branford in Motion.

The committee, being organized by Frank Gasparro, will emphasize safe biking and walking, and will explore ways to increase biking opportunities in Branford. There is also interest in the project by New Haven’s City Engineer Giovanni Zinn, who has come up with creative solutions for bike travel in the city.

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DOT: I-95 Bridge at Exit 55 in Poor Condition

by Diana Stricker | Feb 15, 2017 9:15 am

With Permission Plans to replace the aging, well-travelled I-95 bridge at Exit 55 and widen Route 1 will result in the same number of lanes for now, but will allow space for additional lanes if needed in the future.

Veronica Calin, DOT transportation engineer, said a recent bridge inspection resulted in a rating of 4, which indicates poor condition. The scale runs from 1, which is imminent failure; to 9, which is excellent.

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DOT Seeks New I-95 Bridge at Exit 55

by Diana Stricker | Jan 27, 2017 9:00 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The state DOT is proposing a $13.8 million project to replace the I-95 bridge at Exit 55 in Branford and to widen Route 1 below the span. However, it all depends on the availability of state and federal funds.

The DOT will hold a public information meeting Tuesday Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the community room at Branford Fire Headquarters.

The proposal is currently in the preliminary design phase, and public comments are being sought prior to the final design phase. If plans proceed as estimated and if funding is available, construction could begin in the spring of 2019.

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A Blue Ribbon Opening for Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 29, 2016 9:09 am

Mary Johnson Photo Citing its asset to the town and beyond, state and local officials snipped the bright blue ribbon and declared the newly expanded Branford Train Station officially open.

However, not surprisingly, the station will not be fully operational until Saturday, Nov. 5. Delays in this railroad project have been a recurring theme since it got underway in 2013. 

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Soft Opening Today for Two-Way Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Dare we say it’s happening?

After delays due to site problems, winter weather, elevator parts, and, most recently, the Train Approach Messaging System (TAMS), the actual train moment arrives today. 

As of 6 a.m. today the orange cones and caution tape at the head of the Kiss & Go drive on Kirkham Street were removed and passengers will have access to the north side of the Branford Train Station.

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