James P. Redeker | Stamford Advocate

Photo by Jon EstradaIn recent weeks, much has been written about the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s plans for improvements at the Stamford Transportation Center, and, most frequently, about station parking. The department and designated developer, Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures, are close to an agreement to move forward with a new parking garage. We believe it is now timely to present clear, factual information that seems to sometimes get lost in the din.

We have been working with and listening to city officials, commuters and other citizens — all of whom have provided valuable input that has and will continue to help shape our plans.

Simply stated, here is our commitment to everyone:

  • Even during construction, there will never be fewer parking spaces than there are today.
  • The final project will have 273 more spaces than are currently available.
  • All parking will have direct access to station platforms.
  • The 2004 garage (with 1,200 spaces) will remain.
  • The old 1987 garage will be demolished and replaced by parking facilities, including commuter parking spaces, and transit-oriented development of commercial, retail, hotel and housing enhancements.
  • Traffic and taxi circulation will be improved.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian access will be enhanced, including a new pedestrian bridge.
  • State-of-the-art parking payment systems, eliminating cash-only payments.
  • A “way-finding” system to direct commuters to open parking spaces.
  • At least 10 electric vehicle charging stations.

For this project, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed a committee consisting of members of the city’s administration, commuters and local business interests, to help ensure important, local input was received and acted upon. CTDOT created a website to host previously posted solicitation documents, frequently asked questions, and to solicit input by email. Read more