Old Saybrook (Amtrak station)


Old Saybrook (Amtrak station)
Old Saybrook
Old Saybrook Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 455 Boston Post Road US 1.svg
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Coordinates 41°18′01″N 72°22′37″W / 41.3004°N 72.3770°W / 41.3004; -72.3770Coordinates: 41°18′01″N 72°22′37″W / 41.3004°N 72.3770°W / 41.3004; -72.3770
Lines
Connections Estuary Transit District
Platforms 1 side platform and 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened 1873
Rebuilt 2002
Electrified 25,000V (AC) overhead catenary
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code OSB
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 63,929[1] increase 3.1% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
toward Newport News or Lynchburg
Northeast Regional
CDOT
toward Stamford
Shore Line East
Terminus

Old Saybrook is a regional rail station located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It is served by both Amtrak regional rail and the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Shore Line East commuter service.

Contents

Service

A view of the island platform for tracks 1 and 3 and one of the towers supporting the bridge.

Located on the Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger railway in the United States, Old Saybrook station serves some of the rail services that pass through the station. Only a select few trains on Amtrak's Northeast Regional train line stop at Old Saybrook. No high-speed Acela Express trains serve the station but some stop at the following southbound and northbound stations, New Haven and New London, respectively. However, all Shore Line East commuter rail trains stop at Old Saybrook; it serves as the eastern terminus for some trains. [2] (New London is the eastern terminus of the line, with approximately half terminating there.)

Old Saybrook features a common track setup, with one island platform and one side platform. Unlike the two-track commuter-rail-only stations on the 81.6km (50.7 mile)[3] stretch of the Northeast Corridor between New Haven and New London, there are three tracks at Old Saybrook, presumably to handle terminal trains on Shore Line East.[3]

Of the twelve Connecticut stations served by Amtrak, Old Saybrook was the sixth busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 175 passengers daily.[1]

Parking

Ridership increases have rendered the station's parking lot insufficient, causing commuters to park along roads in town. The town of Old Saybrook is pressuring the Connecticut Department of Transportation to add parking space.[4]

Transit connections

  • Estuary Transit District Shoreline Shuttle, Riverside Shuttle, and Niantic Shuttle. Also served by express bus service to Middletown.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of Connecticut" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/CONNECTICUT10.pdf. Retrieved 2011-1-6. 
  2. ^ Shore Line East/Westbound timetable Shore Line East Retrieved 2007-07-22
  3. ^ a b Amtrak - Old Saybrook, CT TrainWeb Retrieved 2007-07-22
  4. ^ "New England Dispatch". Railpace Newsmagazine. August 2008. 

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