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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) applied for an $11.1 million federal grant to design a new commuter-rail station in Bridgeport, the agency announced Wednesday.The application was submitted through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VII grant program.The grant would pay for the design of a new station on the east side of Bridgeport, to be known as Barnum Station. Funding would be matched with $7.4 million previously authorized CTDOT bond funds, in addition to funds appropriated to transportation purposes in the biennium budget.Including environmental review, design and construction, the Barnum Station project would cost about $146.1 million, CTDOT officials said. The station will feature two center island platforms, which are aimed at providing the flexibility to serve both local and express MTA Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak trains.
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