Enfield – Town Manager’s Corner

Plans for Enfield’s train station continue to move down the track

ENFIELD — At the Jan. 19 Town Council meeting, town administration unveiled plans for the Enfield train station, which will be located in downtown Thompsonville. 

The council was joined at the meeting by Enfield’s state representatives and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney in support of this project. 

This plan is also endorsed by the State Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Gov. Ned Lamont. 

Representatives from the CTDOT will be joining the Town Council for a meeting in March to discuss the train platform in more detail. 

The date and time of that gathering will be announced at a future date.   

The new platform will be located on Commerce Street, at the location of the old train station behind the Bigelow Commons. 

The design will consist of a 200-foot-long platform that will be able to accommodate six train cars, be fully accessible, and have a canopy running the entire length. 

In addition, the surrounding area will be enhanced by adding more than 100 parking spaces, walkways, and a utility building that will include amenities, including ticket purchasing and a sheltered waiting area. 

A bus-drop off will accommodate commercial passenger buses and the local Magic Carpet Bus. 

To better serve riders and all other multimodal vehicles, the intersection of Commerce Street and Main Street will be realigned to make it safer to enter and exit. 

Lastly, the proposed design includes raising the bridge over Main Street to a posted height of 13 feet, 6 inches. 

In doing so, this should allow for any commercial vehicle, including buses and tractor trailers, to pass under to the west side of the tracks. 

 When the Enfield Train Station is completed in the next two years, it is expected to be a multi-modal train station with numerous opportunities for expansion and development in Thompsonville and Enfield. 

For more information regarding the plans for the Enfield train station, residents may view the presentation from the Town Council meeting at https://www.enfield-ct.gov/443/Town-Manager.

Christopher Bromson

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