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Wallingford
Wallingford station from northbound platform, December 2017.JPG
Wallingford station in December 2017
Location 343 North Cherry Street
Wallingford, Connecticut
Owned by ConnDOT
Line(s) New Haven–Springfield Line
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Train operators Amtrak and CTrail
Connections Local Transit CTtransit: 215, 291, 292
Construction
Parking 221 spaces
Bicycle facilities Bike racks are available
Disabled access Yes
Architect Michael Baker International
Other information
Station code WFD (Amtrak)
History
Opened 1871
Rebuilt 2014–2017 (current station)
Traffic
Passengers (2018) 9,305 Decrease 2.62% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
New Haven State Street
toward New Haven
Hartford Line Meriden
toward Springfield
New Haven State Street
toward Norfolk, Newport News or Roanoke
Northeast Regional
New Haven State Street
toward New Haven
Valley Flyer Meriden
toward Greenfield
Preceding station ConnDOT Following station
New Haven State Street Hartford Line Meriden
toward Springfield
North Haven
Proposed
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
New Haven
toward Atlantic City
Atlantic City Express
1991-1995
Meriden
toward Springfield
Wallingford Railroad Station
Wallingford Amtrak station, November 2013.jpg
Wallingford station in November 2013
Location Wallingford, Connecticut
Built 1871
Architect W.P. Dickerman
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP reference No. 93001245
Added to NRHP November 19, 1993

Wallingford is a train station on the New Haven–Springfield Line located in Wallingford, Connecticut. It is served by the CTrail Hartford Line (consisting of Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak trains) and by Amtrak's Northeast Regional, and Valley Flyer. A new station with high-level platforms opened on November 6, 2017 to the north of the original station. The former station building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Wallingford Railroad Station.

History

Amtrak RDCs at Wallingford station, May 1980
An Amtrak train at Wallingford in 1980

The depot at Wallingford was built in 1871 by the Hartford & New Haven Railroad on the Springfield Line, and was built in a French Second Empire style similar to that of the Windsor train station.

The original station building was closed to the public in 1994 and is now used for adult education and the New Haven Model Railroad Club. The line through Wallingford was double-tracked until 1990 when the second track was removed. The original Wallingford station building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993.

Wallingford station with temporary platform, July 2016
Temporary platform used in mid-2016

A temporary platform replaced the former station platform on April 25, 2016. The temporary platform was used until the new station was completed.

In fall 2016, the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission adopted a Transit-Oriented Development Plan, which outlined recommendations for development and infrastructure changes around the station. The existing commercial, industrial zone near the station, as part of the plan, will be replaced with medium- and high-density residential zoning. New commercial and residential development will be encouraged near the station and improvements will be made in the area of the station to connect to downtown Wallingford.

Wallingford has two high-level side platforms serving both tracks, each 6 cars long. The new station, which cost about $21 million to construct, opened on November 6, 2017.

Amtrak's Vermonter stopped serving the Berlin and Wallingford stations on June 9, 2018 due to the addition of Hartford Line service by Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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