New Canaan station

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New Canaan
Trackside view of the New Canaan station in 2007.
Location 198 Elm Street @ Park Avenue
New Canaan, CT, 06840-5309
Coordinates 41°08′47″N 73°29′44″W / 41.1463°N 73.4956°W / 41.1463; -73.4956Coordinates: 41°08′47″N 73°29′44″W / 41.1463°N 73.4956°W / 41.1463; -73.4956
Owned by ConnDOT
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 31
Opened 1868[1]
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
toward Stamford
New Canaan BranchTerminus

The New Canaan Metro-North Railroad station is the terminus of the New Canaan Branch of the New Haven Line. It is officially located at 198 Elm Street at Park Avenue in New Canaan, Connecticut.


A 1906 postcard depicting New Canaan.

The station is 41.2 miles (66.3 km) away from Grand Central Terminal. No connecting services (e.g. buses) are available other than local taxi cab services.

In 1998, the state began a 10-year lease (ending June 30, 2008) to the town 2.35 acres (9,500 m2) at both the Talmadge Hill and New Canaan stations, allowing the town to perform some maintenance, repairs and cleaning while the state retains responsibility and control over major structural renovations and repairs. Money collected for parking goes into a special fund to be used for station-related purposes with the state's approval, and the state also must approve parking-fee regulations. The town has the option of renewing the lease for another 10-year term. Part of the agreement reads:[2]

"The state retains the sole responsibility for structural renovations and/or repairs and for maintaining and restoring all fencing bordering the tracks, canopies over the platforms, and stairways. The Town is solely responsible for all day-to-day maintenance, including, but not limited to, general structural repairs, snow removal, trash removal and security of any and all platforms, railings, stairs, shelters and ramps."

The town's services to the two railroad stations are provided by three town agencies and a private cleaning company hired by the town:[2]

  • The town Public Works Department, which reports directly to the first selectman (the elected, chief executive officer of the town government);
  • The town police department, which does not report formally to the first selectman;
  • The town Department of Parking Operations, which reports directly to the town Parking Commission
  • A private company hired for "housekeeping" and cleaning, which reports directly to the first selectman.

According to a 2003 report written for the state Department of Transportation, the town didn't have a formal organization chart showing how responsibilities for its train stations were divided up, although the town appeared to be maintaining at least the New Canaan station well, and anyone with a complaint was encouraged to take it to the Office of the First Selectman.[2]

The ticket office at this station was closed July 7, 2010, but tickets can be purchased from vending machines adjacent to the platforms.[3]

The stations has commuter parking in several lots within a short walk from the station. There are 2 lots near the station that have numbered spaces for daily parking. The fee for daily parking is $5 and there is no overnight parking in the daily spots.

Station responsibility[4][edit]

Ownership Station




Trash Platform








Parking Remarks
ConnDOT Town Town Town Town Town Town Town Town Town handles all aspects

Station layout[edit]

This station has one five-car-long high-level side platform to the west of the tracks. Two tracks east of the platform track are used for train storage.

Platform level
Street level Exit/entrance and parking
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 New Canaan Branch toward Grand Central or Stamford (Talmadge Hill)
New Canaan Branch alighting passengers only →

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Canaan Train Station". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b c [1] Connecticut Department of Transportation Individual Station Report for Talmadge Hill, 2003, accessed July 22, 2007
  3. ^ " - Metro-North Railroad: Selected Ticket Offices Close On July 7th". Metro North Railroad. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

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