A new city transportation center — combining train and bus service — would rise along Asylum Street west of Union Station under options starting to take shape as part of the I-84 reconstruction project.
One option would place the transit center on Asylum Street, roughly in the area where I-84 west now passes over Asylum. The second option would place it at the corner of Asylum and Broad streets.
Both alternatives would require reconfiguration of nearby streets, including Farmington Avenue and Garden Street.
The options were outlined Thursday at a meeting of the public advisory committee on the I-84 project. The project aims to replace a two-mile stretch of the highway through Hartford and is expected to cost $3 billion to $5 billion, with construction not beginning until the early or mid-2020s.
“These are just initial ideas,” said William Kenworthey, a principal at HOK Group, part of a consulting team hired to create a master plan about 100 acres between Union Station and the corporate campus of The Hartford Financial Services Group. “This is just to get the conversation going.”
The options for the new transportation center are based on the state’s vision for replacing the aging I-84 viaduct with a highway that is slightly below grade but not buried in a tunnel.
The new train and bus complex is necessary because the existing train tracks must be moved to the west to accommodate the highway reconstruction.
The first option would place to the train station along Asylum Street, with elevators and stairs leading to a platform below. The bus terminal would be placed roughly where the parking lot across Spruce Street from Union…
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