WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) today announced along with Governor Dannel Malloy and Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia that the City of Stamford will receive a $10,500,000 federal TIGER grant to make improvements to the Stamford Transportation Center. The TIGER3 funding will be supplemented by state, local and private sector investments to make critical functional upgrades to the Center.
The upgrades include transit rider accessibility, involving a pedestrian ramp connecting the east bound platform to Atlantic Street; ridership capacity improvements that will enhance the station’s capacity to handle existing and projected future transit riders; and complete streetscape improvements for passenger and pedestrian safety.
“These upgrades will make a real difference in the lives of the residents of Stamford and for all who pass through the Stamford Transportation Center each day,” Lieberman said. “This substantial investment will create jobs, increase efficiency, and improve safety at one of the busiest stations in the country.”
“This transportation upgrade – so critical to improving and modernizing Connecticut’s rail and road network – will vastly improve efficiency, safety, and comfort at Stamford’s Transportation Center,” said Blumenthal. “The city of Stamford is a richly deserving recipient of this highly competitive TIGER grant, and I am encouraged that the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes the economic importance of investing in Connecticut.”
“Making these essential improvements to the Stamford train station is like hanging a welcome sign to the city for visitors, commuters, and businesses alike,” Himes said. “Investing in transportation infrastructure is one of the most important things we can do to improve the economy, and this project will bring needed construction jobs to our community while making a long-term investment in the efficiency, productivity, and vibrancy of Southwest Connecticut.”
“As the former Mayor of Stamford, I know how important this train station is to the lives of local residents,” said Governor Malloy. “That’s why when I became Governor, I made it a priority to fight for every available opportunity to invest federal money into our mass transportation infrastructure. If we are truly going to reinvent Connecticut, we need to rethink how we approach mass transportation. This grant will go a long way to improving a critical part of our infrastructure.”
“The TIGER3 award is the result of a strong collaboration of Federal, State and local officials all of whom see the Stamford Transportation Center as a resource extending far beyond Stamford and as an economic engine for our region,” said Mayor Pavia, Mayor of Stamford. “This investment, which begins immediately, continues our commitment to raise the standards for sustainability and customer friendly rail service for all who use our Transportation Center.”