It seems that Fairfield Metro Center has cleared it's final hurdle.
FAIRFIELD Plans for the town's third railroad station, proposed as part of a massive commercial development off lower Black Rock Turnpike, have a clear track after winning final approval Thursday from state traffic officials.
The State Traffic Commission approval for the project, to be called Fairfield Metro Center, marks the end of a five-year planning and permit process through local and state agencies.
The construction of Fairfield Metro has often been a subject of debate here at CLP. As someone who lives practically next door to the current one I'm happy to see the project go forward. Fairfield really does have a large enough population to support another station, and I'm hoping that when it's finished it will help the traffic situation on Post and Mill Plain Roads. However, if I lived near the site I'm sure that I'd feel the exact opposite way. More than two years of construction, followed by an increase in traffic would probably annoy me.
Based on what I've read at CLP, I'd say that transportation will be a big issue in the Governor's race. On Monday night I was able to hear Mayor DeStefano speak at the Fairfield DTC meeting. He put a lot of emphasis on rail lines as a reliable way to transport goods and commuters, and the importance of maintaining them. After listening to DeStefano speak I realized how little I actually knew about mass transit beyond my own backyard. I have a pretty good idea of what the major transportation issues are in Fairfield County, but will admit to complete ignorance when it comes to the rest of the state.
Back in January GC posted about Rell's transit proposal for Central Connecticut. The discussion about transit and traffic that followed brought up several concerns from around the state. My question is how will your concerns about mass transit affect your vote for Governor, State Senator, and Representative this year? What do you think the candidates should be talking about in regards to transit?
Reilly, Genevive. "With final OK, Fairfield rail station on express line". Connecticut Post, 14 April, 2006.