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Connecticut considers funds for rail station


Tomorrow, $1 million in state funding is expected to be approved by the Connecticut State Bond Commission for the construction of a second train station in Bridgeport, state Rep. Andres Ayala Jr. said in a prepared statement.

Currently, numerous projects are being built in the area of the proposed station, which would help spur economic development in the city, said Ayala and other Democratic state lawmakers who represent the area.

The proposed location, a seven-acre property on Barnum Avenue, now is a brownfield site. The funds would support on-site remediation and help pay for other revitalization initiatives, the politicians said. The city received a Sustainable Communities Grant Award to explore the feasibility of a new station.

“This [station] could be the spark which ignites further investment opportunities and better jobs and housing for our residents,” Ayala said.

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