Barnum Station FAQs  

Barnum Station FAQs

What is a Feasibility Study?

For the purposes of transportation planning, a Feasibility Study is conducted to determine the degree to which:

  • a design or location is economically justified,
  • an alternative is considered preferable from an environmental or social perspective or
  • eventual construction and operation can be financed and managed.
What is the purpose of the Bridgeport Barnum Station Feasibility Study?

The purpose of the Bridgeport Barnum Station Feasibility Study is to determine whether the construction and operation of a second train station in Bridgeport (located on the border between the East Side and East End neighborhoods) is physically and operationally possible and compatible with the existing Metro North service at the Downtown train station. The social, economic and environmental impacts of a train station in the East Side, East End and adjacent neighborhoods will be evaluated and included as part of this determination.

What information and resources will be produced by the Feasibility Study?

Several products will result from the feasibility study. Potential sites suitable for a train station will be identified. Conceptual station layouts, cost estimates and a station platform layout will be prepared and screened against issues that could negatively impact the project. Future land use patterns, transit supportive land uses and opportunities for transit oriented development will be analyzed and evaluated for the East Side, East End and Seaview Avenue Corridor. Projections for rail ridership, identification of conditions that may affect rail operations, analysis of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic patterns and an assessment of community impacts will be reviewed and evaluated. The evaluation and analysis of the information collected through these tasks will be presented to the public for comment and review. A final report will include public recommendations and input, a synthesis of the study’s findings and a determination as to the feasibility of a second train station in the East Side neighborhood.

What is Transit Oriented Development (TOD)?

The term “transit-oriented development” (TOD) commonly refers to an area of compact, mixed-use development within walking distance of public transportation - between a quarter and half-mile from a transit stop or station. In many ways, transit-oriented development is a return to the neighborhood patterns of the early twentieth century, in which residents were able to walk and use public transportation for their daily activities. A major focus of TOD is creating access to public transportation for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. TOD fosters an affordable and convenient lifestyle where housing, jobs, and daily needs are all in close proximity to each other. TOD also helps to increase transit ridership and reduce automobile congestion.

How will the determinations and recommendations made in the Feasibility Study be used in the future?

The final feasibility study report will determine whether the construction and operation of a second train station in the City of Bridgeport is physically and operationally possible. The information collected in the feasibility study, the evaluation and analysis of this information and the public’s recommendations will inform future plans, projects and actions to revitalize and redevelop both the East Side neighborhood, East End neighborhood and Seaview Avenue corridor.

Who is involved in the Feasibility Study?

Two committees, a Technical Advisory Committee and a Community Advisory Committee have been formed to direct the feasibility study. Representatives on the Community Advisory Committee include the East Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, local community organizations, business representatives and property owners. The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from the City of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Metro North Railroad, Metro North Commuter Rail Council, the Regional Planning Association, Bridgeport Hospital and MetroCog.

VHB (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.), a professional planning, design and engineering firm, is responsible for the technical tasks of the Feasibility Study. The City of Bridgeport and MetroCog have partnered to coordinate the progression of the feasibility study.

How is the Feasibility Study being paid for?

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium is a bi-state collaboration of cities, counties and regional planning organization and is funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The Bridgeport Barnum Station Feasibility Study is a planning task under the Sustainable Communities Initiative work program.

How can I participate?

A public information meeting will be held to present the findings and recommendations of the feasibility study. At this meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to comment on these findings and make recommendations – this input will be included in the final feasibility report. Throughout the project, the following methods will be available to comment on the project:

How can I stay informed about the Feasibility Study?

Findings and recommendations will be presented at meetings of the Community Advisory Committee. Input, reactions and comments will be solicited at these meetings. Regular updates on the Feasibility Study will be provided through this website.