FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Commuters at the Fairfield Center train station got more protection from the elements recently, and will have a safer walk to their trains in the near future.
The Fairfield center train station recently added canopies and lighting to the stairways above the train tracks, and will improve the safety of the stairs themselves this spring. A previous commuter survey had identified the stairs as the top problem area at the train station.
“This is an important project for the thousands of commuters who have to use these stairs in inclement weather,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the canopies last week. “This project will go a long way in ensuring their safety and comfort throughout the year.”
The renovations were paid for by a $100,000 Small Towns Economic Assistance Program grant the town received from the state last year. The program gives money to municipalities for infrastructure improvements and similar projects.
“Fairfield sends a lot of money to the state in way of taxes,” State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) said Friday. “It's nice to receive some back for this project through a grant.”
The Parking Authority will also spend $62,000 this spring to repair and resurface the stairs heading over the train tracks at the Fairfield Center station. The work will begin when weather is warm enough, Parking Authority Chair Ron Pine said.
The Parking Authority also has plans to resurface the patio area near the station, as well as the stairs and ramps leading up to the platform. The repair work will not come from Fairfield’s local tax funds, as the Fairfield Parking Authority manages its own finances using the station’s parking fees.
Fairfield Daily Voice readers were already looking forward to another round of changes. One reader renewed calls for a restroom at the Fairfield Metro station, though that location is managed by the state and not the Fairfield Parking Authority. Other readers asked for policy changes at the station or other minor improvements.
“It's very hard to see the screen on the ticket machines at the Fairfield Metro station on a sunny day,” Alexis Kiss wrote on the Fairfield Daily Voice Facebook page.