West Haven Train Station Underway

Ross Weiner

Students who may want to go home for the weekend or into New York City for the day usually have to commute to get the train from New Haven. That is all going to change in June 2013 with the opening of a new Metro North Station in West Haven.

This station will be closer to UNH. This is great news because UNH students will not have to commute all the way down to Union Station in Downtown New Haven. This will only benefit the University of New Haven as a whole.

The West Haven train station will be located on Saw Mill Road and Railroad Ave. in West Haven. According to DOT rail administrator Eugene Colonese, “People will come to the University of New Haven and this will give them an option to come to West Haven that they didn’t have before. Having the train station in West Haven will only benefit the University because it is easier for people to commute from the train station.”

This project has taken over 12 years to get off the ground. It is a grassroots project that looks to help bring economic stimulus to West Haven. It was not until 2010 that Governor Jodi Rell decided to sign off on the project. This project was expected to cost up to $118 million. Now the West Haven train Station will cost only $80 million. This is a relief to the taxpayers and will bring a boom to the University of New Haven and the town of West Haven.

Having a train station in West Haven will benefit UNH in many ways. UNH wanted a law school on their campus sometime in the future, and now because of the train station in West Haven, it may be possible. Also, having a train station in West Haven will allow more students to travel home on weekends much more easily.

The train station will only bring help to the town of West Haven and help attract more people to the University. This project will bring the University of New Haven and the city of West Haven more into the 21st century.