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Norm Needleman

Representing Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Senator Needleman Celebrates Groundbreaking of Clinton Train Station Addition Project

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CLINTON, CT – Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Clinton) joined local and state officials including Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti and Clinton First Selectwoman Christine Goupil to celebrate the groundbreaking of new additions at the Clinton Train Station. The upgrade will include a new platform on the north side of the station’s train tracks as well as a pedestrian bridge over the tracks, a bike shelter and new parking.

“This upgrade to Shore Line East will be an important economic and transportation improvement for our district,” said Sen. Needleman. “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. 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,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz. “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.”

“We have committed more than 12 million dollars to this project in order to enhance the customer experience on Shore Line East,” said Commissioner Giulietti. “Our customers have been extremely patient over the past year while we have performed a great deal of track work, and we appreciate their understanding.”

“We are thankful to the State of Connecticut for this investment in the Town of Clinton and our Shore Line East commuters,” said Goupil. “This expansion will reinvigorate economic development in our Downtown while supporting a more healthy and vibrant community.”

This project will increase the train station’s number of parking spaces from 125 to 146 and add a drop-off area for commuters. The $12.5 million project is expected to be completed in January 2021. The Shore Line East train line travels from New Haven to New London.

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