Frequently Asked Questions
What is transit-oriented development?
Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is development that allows residents, workers and/or visitors to take advantage of the transportation options offered by rail and bus transit. TOD encourages walking and biking as well as transit usage to expand the transportation choices available for residents and workers, and tends to cause less traffic impact. At the same time, convenient car and truck access is also essential to redevelopment, so TOD aims to achieve a safe and workable balance among all transportation modes.
How is the TOD plan project related to the Station Design project?
The TOD Plan project will study the area within a half-mile of the station to generate recommendations for economic development and neighborhood revitalization. The current focus for the Barnum Station Design project is to develop conceptual engineering and environmental documentation for the proposed station site. It will address ridership, rail service, station layout, and potential environmental impacts (if any).
When will change happen?
A prospective timeline for change will be determined through the planning process. We anticipate a mix of near-term initiatives before the station opens, as well as longer term actions after the station opens and transit service begins.
What resources will drive implementation of the TOD Plan?
Implementation actions will be aimed primarily at attracting market-driven investment by the private sector and possibly institutions. A variety of supportive public investments for improvements to streets, lighting, parks or other infrastructure is also likely.
What is the balance between the local and regional roles of the Barnum station?
The TOD Plan’s first priority is to bring benefits to the immediate neighborhoods around the future Barnum Station through reinvestment, improved bus and transit service, and other enhancements. Development is intended to complement, not compete with, downtown Bridgeport.
What kinds of future land uses are being considered?
A wide variety of opportunities are up for consideration: places to live, work, study, enjoy recreation, shop and more.
What will happen to buildings on the former Remington Arms Ammunition factory (“Remgrit”) site?
The future of the buildings is under study. Some structures may be preserved for re-use while others may need to be demolished. It is anticipated that a general cleanup of the site is necessary to make it safe, attractive and shovel-ready for redevelopment.
Are the Shot Tower or other Remgrit buildings historically designated?
No, none of the buildings on the Remgrit site have formal historic designation at the federal, state, or local level. However, a clear interest has been expressed in preserving the Shot Tower and exploring the reuse potential for other buildings. One component of the TOD Plan is a structural analysis and reuse feasibility study to better understand what the opportunity may be.
Does this study address the Remington Woods and planned Lake Success Eco-Business Park?
No, the Remington Woods and Lake Success Eco-Business Park are outside of the TOD Plan study area and scope.
Why is East Bridgeport getting so much study attention? (Waterfront Plan, Seaview Avenue corridor, Lake Success Eco-Business Park, etc.)
East Bridgeport is a community in need with exciting opportunities for positive change. It has a significant amount of vacant land for re-use; engaged stakeholders; major employers; many residents; a rail station concept that offers practical benefits not only to East Bridgeport but Metro-North operations as a whole; and, as a result of all these, a potentially important role in economic development for Connecticut as a whole.