Possibility of adding train station back on Newington officials’ radar

Renata Bertotti, who was hired as Newington’s Town Planner in Nov. 2020, brought together members of the Town Plan & Zoning Commission (TPZ) and Town Council Tuesday night to find out more about this alleged train station proposal, which was on the back burner for years. The Council and TPZ did approve Transit Village Design District (TVDD) regulations in Aug. 2019 for a 64-acre site along 565 Cedar St., which the State Department of Transportation had been considering for a new stop along Amtrak’s Hartford-New Haven line. On the other hand, Pane added, the Cedar St. site was preferred by the DOT for its proximity to I-84 for commuters, but would require costly environmental remediation. In a letter sent to the Council beforehand and in his address at the meeting, State Rep. Gary Turco cautioned elected officials on shifting their support for the station’s location, pointing to a 2018 DOT study that concluded the Cedar St. site was better suited than the Junction. Town officials are now hoping to meet with the DOT to get answers to their questions before returning to the table.


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