WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A new Metro-North station has opened in West Haven after more than a decade of planning and construction.
The $130 million station officially opened Sunday but faced its first major test with Monday morning’s commute. State transportation officials are calling it a first-class facility with two covered platforms nearly 1,100 feet long apiece, a pedestrian bridge over the tracks and parking spaces for more than 650 cars.
The station was built in the middle of what had been the longest stretch of the New Haven line without a stop _ the 11 miles between the New Haven and Milford stations. Construction began in 2010.
Parking at the station will be free until Sept. 2.
Some commuters say they’re concerned that there are only two ticket machines at the new station.