Asnuntuck’s CEO Dr. Michelle Coach was an invited guest at the announcement for The Enfield Train Station and Rail Service in Eastern Connecticut. She was in attendance with state and local officials, including Governor Ned Lamont, CT DOT Commissioner Joe Giulietti, CRCOG Executive Director Matt Hart, U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
It has been 35 years since Enfield has had a train stop. Congressman Courtney secured an initial $974,000 for the station in 2010. The total project cost for the station will come in at $31.72 million with 50 percent coming from Federal Funding and 50 percent from state bonding. Construction is expected to begin on Main Street in 2024 and end in 2026. The announcement at the station location comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation awards $13.8 million in federal grant funds to CT DOT through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement program.
Dr. Coach is a strong advocate for the station. “We believe Enfield Station Track Improvements Project will extend the reach of our campus and make it more accessible to a greater number of students whose success is our first and foremost priority. Our campus is literally 2 miles up the road.” She said the increased accessibility will be far-reaching for the students. ” Asnuntuck will also be able to expand our workforce development efforts – with business, industry, and community partnerships – to a larger region.” Plans call for Enfield’s Magic Carpet bus to have a stop at the station. The bus has a stop at Asnuntuck.
She noted, “We will broaden economic opportunities for our graduates with an efficient public transportation option to the Hartford, New Haven, New York City, and Springfield businesses and employment centers, that otherwise may not be available.”