Transit Oriented Development at Union Station
The Office of Economic Development and New Haven Parking Authority have been working closely with the State Department of Transportation to advance Transit-Oriented Development at Union Station. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is the development of residential, commercial and employment centers within walking distance of public transportation facilities including rail and rapid transit. TOD plays a vital role in economic growth and creating welcoming gateways to communities.
Union Station is Connecticut’s most important rail hub with over 4.0 million annual passengers. It is the #1 weekend and #3 weekday stop on the Metro-North New Haven Line (2.8 million passengers), #1 overall stop on Shoreline East (475,000), and #10 overall stop on Amtrak (740,000). The Station is a tremendous asset for New Haven, not only as a transportation hub, but also as a welcome mat and economic catalyst. However, it currently fails to capture the value of this ridership as well as access to surrounding communities and employment centers. With that in mind, the City and State are pursuing policies to promote a TOD program consisting of mixed-use commercial and residential development on the Station site and in the surrounding area.
The City and State agreed to a comprehensive TOD plan in 2008 (a summary of which is available for download below). The fundamental concept is to invest the station’s net cash flow in capital improvements and mixed use development on the station property. Implementation was held up, however, by the economic downturn.
To move forward as the economy recovered, in 2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State Department of Transportation awarded the City funds to update the 2008 plan and achieve the following objectives:
• Generate economic activity by enhancing the station environment with a mix of land uses.
• Increase rail ridership and reduce vehicle commute trips.
• Address the immediate demand for commuter parking.
• Create a governance structure capable of implementing the project.
• Identify strategies to leverage public financing and station revenues with private investment.
The updated plan will be completed in early 2013. For more information, please contact the Office of Economic Development at the number below.
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Contact Name: Kelly Murphy
Contact Phone: 203-946-2366