CLINTON — Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti, state Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, and First Selectwoman Christine Goupil for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Clinton railroad station on Shore Line East earlier this month.

Shore Line East is the commuter train line between New Haven and New London.

The station is getting a new platform on the north side of the tracks, an “up-and-over” pedestrian bridge/elevator connecting both sides, a ramp to the new platform, a bike shelter and some additional parking, according to a press release.

Once completed, the station will be fully ADA-compliant.

“This train line is an important hub for travelers across the southern parts of Connecticut, and it’s so important that we make sure it’s accessible for all,” Needleman said in a prepared statement. These improvements will further improve access to this important train line, hopefully drawing more riders in the future.”

“Shore Line East carries tens of thousands of commuters every month and we are working hard to update our stations and provide new amenities for rail riders,” Bysiewicz said in the release. “If we want to get people out of their cars and onto public transportation, we have to provide facilities and equipment that are safe, clean and reliable.”

“This expansion will reinvigorate economic development in our Downtown while supporting a more healthy and vibrant community,” Goupil added.

There are currently 125 parking spaces on the existing south side lot. Another 21 spaces will be added on the north side, as well as a “kiss-and-ride” drop-off area. This $12.5 million project is being performed by Lawrence Brunoli Construction of Farmington. It should be completed by January 2021.

Clinton is one of nine stops on Shore Line East. Others are New Haven (two stations), Branford, Guilford, Madison, Westbrook, Old Saybrook and New London. In 2018, SLE carried almost 600,000 passengers, or about 50,000 a month.

Connecticut Media Group