Branford train station still a no-go

- FILE - Shore Line East train in Branford (WTNH)

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A train station that was supposed to open nearly two years ago in Branford is still not ready.

Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Transportation met with local leaders and the public on August 31st to talk about the status of the project, and why it has been delayed so many times over the past two years. At that meeting, DOT officials assured everyone that the station would be open by Friday, September 30th. The station is still incomplete.

Now, officials are citing ‘equipment problems’ as the reason for the latest delay.

On Friday morning, DOT officials told News 8 they expect the project will take another week or two before they write up and print schedules.

Branford resident Laura Maniglia explained that she has to go out of her way to Guilford just to make sure she can park and get on the train.

Sometimes after 10:00 a.m. we have to ride up to Guilford and leave the car there so we can get into New Haven; and on the weekends anything after 11:30 a.m. we have to go up to Guilford.

When the station does open, commuters will have the same access to trains as riders in neighboring towns.

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