WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- It took more than a decade and more than $100 million, but the new West Haven train station is open.
"Oh beautiful," said Alfred Moenter. "Really nice."
"I think that the station is gorgeous," said Mike Illian. "It's really nice."
It has a spacious indoor waiting area to keep everyone out of the elements, and a touch screen kiosk that lets you check the schedule, but the nicest thing about it for some is their commute is now shorter.
"So I went to bed a little later last night and I was okay. I can actually walk now," said Ty Spinks.
"You can walk to the station," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"Yeah, definitely," Spinks said. "So it's a much, much easier commute."
"Are you walking distance or do you still have to drive," Pierce asked another commuter.
"I still have to drive," replied Troy Talamelli. "About a mile away, but it's not too bad. Much better than driving 10-15 minutes."
And certainly better than the bus ride Vencilyn Edwards used to make to and from New Haven.
"But what happened, even after work, you sometimes have to wait half an hour for a bus," Edwards said. "So this is much better, you can just get off the train and walk it home."
Half an hour for a bus is a long wait, but West Haven waited much longer for its train station. The station was proposed over a decade ago. West Haven had to beat out Orange to get the station in a series of meetings and studies. They broke ground three years ago, but then tragedy struck this past May when a track worker was hit and killed by a train.
Waiting patiently through all that was the owner of Provenzano's Deli. He opened up just down the street from the new station specifically because of the train traffic. He spent the first morning commute handing out menus.
"Business is a lot better than we thought it would be to date, and we're hoping for a big jump with the train station," said Charlie Provenzano.
For everyone driving by his deli and into the new station there was plenty of parking Monday, and no charge for that parking for the next two weeks.
"It's free, which is also a good thing that's bringing me here," said Opal Barclay, "but there's a lot more spaces and I have the opportunity to get a parking space for six months."
Because of the new stop, and ongoing work in the Bronx, there are some slight changes to the New Haven Line Schedule. Download a .PDF from the MTA here.
Some Shore Line East schedules have also adjusted to make sure commuters make their connections.
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