September 19, 2017

ConnDOT debuts Meriden railside parking

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The CTrail Hartford line.

Connecticut transportation officials have opened 225 parking spaces in an $8.8 million downtown Meriden parking garage to improve rail access for regional commuters and travelers, authorities said.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) said it made the improvements to safety, accessibility and convenience near the CTrail Hartford line Meriden station. The spaces opened last week.

ConnDOT said it collaborated with the "24 Colony Street" Development Group and the Meriden Housing Authority on the construction of the facility, which began in 2015 and was completed this summer.

The parking garage features three charging stations for electric vehicles, seven handicap-accessible spaces, and two elevators, as well as a video surveillance system and emergency intercoms for customer safety.

A new 65-space, station surface parking lot also will be available for use when the station opens later this fall, said ConnDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said.

The Hartford Line service provider, a joint venture of TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts, will be responsible for the garage's management, security, and maintenance, along with overseeing the adjacent surface parking lot.

Meriden's new rail station, Redeker said, has led to the construction of three mixed-use developments, totaling 295 residential units and 31,000 square feet of commercial space, a new transit center, a 14-acre town green, and the demolition of the Mills public housing project and the former Record-Journal building.

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