Mary E. O’Leary | New Haven Register

New Haven train station Extensive plans for remodeling Union Station are being scaled back, while there may be a shift to accommodate a bus hub as opposed to retail for the ground floor of any new garage built at the station.

Privately built housing in front of a proposed garage also appears to have taken a back seat.

State Transportation Commissioner James Redeker Monday, at an event at Union Station updating the Hartford-Springfield rail project, said the 2013 Goody Clancy proposal for the New Haven station “is a nice plan but it doesn’t necessarily demonstrate that it is feasible financially at this point. It is a significant cost to do and not necessarily easy to do.”

He said that doesn’t preclude that other updates could be done in the interim.

“It was a concept that asked what could be a vision for this facility if money was no object,” Redeker said.

Federal officials toured Union Station in Hartford as part of a three-stop tour. About $73 million in federal stimulus money has been spent along the Springfield-to-New Haven line since 2009. The grants have paid for major renovations to the train stations in each city along the route, which parallels Interstate 91, ctnewsjunkie reported. Read more