Improvements to train station unveiled


State Rep. Brenda Kupchick, Parking Authority Chair Ron Pine, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Parking Authority Manager Cynthia Placko and state Rep. Tony Hwang attend a ceremony to debut train station improvements.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau, state Reps. Brenda Kupchick and Tony Hwang, Parking Authority Chairman Ron Pine and Parking Authority Manager Cynthia Placko participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the downtown Fairfield Train Station to unveil new canopy structures covering the staircases and other improvements due to a $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant the town had received on Feb. 15

Grant funding was used to install permanent canopy structures to cover the staircases on both sides of the train tracks. Lighting was provided under the canopies. In addition, the stairs, which were badly worn and uneven, will be resurfaced in the spring.

“This is an important project for the thousands of commuters who have to use these stairs in inclement weather,” Tetreau said. “This project will go a long way in ensuring their safety and comfort throughout the year.”

“Fairfield sends a lot of money to the state in way of taxes,” Kupchick said. It’s nice to receive some back for this project through a grant. I want to commend the Parking Authority, the Department of Public Works and the first selectman for their hard work in making this project a reality.”

“In these difficult budgetary times, we need to be responsible and carefully evaluate all of our spending,” Hwang said. “This state grant improves an integral quality of life and safety standard for our resident commuters. It is also a worthwhile investment in our mass transit infrastructure that will be critical to our economic sustainability and growth as a town and region.”

“I am happy with the quality of the structure given the recent severe storms we have had,” Pine said. “In addition to the grant funding that the town spent without using any taxpayer dollars, the Parking Authority spent $62,000 on pavers and resurfacing of the stairs and ramps, which is money well spent, considering this station is located in the center of town.”

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