It’s easy to commute on auto-pilot. But over the past few months, alert commuters have noticed activity at the west end of the Greens Farms railroad station.
Workers cleared brush, and removed old equipment. “06880” reader Scott Smith figured they were creating a staging area for the forthcoming replacement of the Beachside Avenue bridge.
But now there are new, striped spaces. The addition to the lot looks permanent.
Police chief Foti Koskinas — whose department oversees railroad parking operations and facilities — says that while part of that area will indeed be staging. the town has added 54 new parking spots there. Twenty-four are for permit holders; 30 are for daily parkers.
Koskinas says the town took advantage of the upcoming bridge work to add to their long-term lease with the state.
The new parking spaces will be available later this coming week. For safety reasons, the Police Department is waiting until permanent lights are installed.
Greens Farms is not the only rail station in town with added parking. Koskinas says that 17 new permit-only spots have been added on Franklin Street, near Lot 7 (the one just north of the I-95 overpass) and Lot 3 (the big lot on Ferry Lane, south of the tracks).
Feedback from commuters has been great, Koskinas says. And that’s just from those who were alert enough to notice them.
(Click here for a map of the all parking lots at the Saugatuck train station.)