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  1. Mikey P says:

    I love that station. I use it all the time when going into the city (I live in Danbury). However, it’s much less fun when you have to park in the far lot and have to walk back to your car after a long day of walking around the city!

  2. I hate that station. :) I avoid it at all costs and grumble whenever I am forced to pick someone up from there, or worse, take a train to/from there!

    Begin Rant:

    Yes, it is popular, but only out of necessity. If I had to guess, just about everyone hates this station. It’s popularity as a ‘transit-hub’ is probably comparable to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line, but in no way comparable to quality or convenience.

    There is absolutely nothing there, save for a coffee truck in the a.m. that has only recently been ‘added’. What’s wrong with a few benches for people to wait for rides? Not like you can walk anywhere from the station – there is a mile long hill to walk up to any civilization.

    The stairs to the platform, of course, are at the far end of the platform, so most commuters have to walk quite far. To add insult to injury, there are wooden ramps that have been built along the platform to make it seem like you can save some walking to the stairs and get directly on a southbound train. No! They are never used! Why not? I don’t know.

    In my opinion, a new station platform should be built just north of the current one, to bring it more central to all of the parking. Perhaps there could be another parking lot on the other side of the tracks as well (accessed by an over- or underpass).

    To avoid all of this drama, and risk outing my commuting dream, I go from Patterson and get a parking space right along the platform. I get home the same time I would from Southeast because I save all of that time walking and waiting with mobs of commuters to exit via the only stairway, dodging cars since the pedestrian walkway is also closed!

    End Rant.

    As always, thanks for the lovely blog post! Nice panorama pics, btw. What do you use to take them? :)


  3. Steven says:

    Most of the line north of Southeast also seems to get more CT commuters than NY just by looking at the license plate of cars in the parking lot.

    Southeast is a really boring place to railfan or take pictures -I agree with you there.

  4. Steve says:

    Your Dad is correct, as all Dad’s are, always correct. That is Brewester North.

    When the connector road was built from 312, it was called the million dollar road to nowhere. For a few years after it was built, no one used the station. Hard to believe that today. There was no diner or dunkin donuts or home depot, it was all vacant land.

  5. Al Cyone says:

    I can’t help but think that towns with names like “Southeast” should be forced to come up with something better. There’s a town in Pennsylvania called “Jersey Shore” and it’s quite disconcerting to be driving east on I-80 and see it on the next exit sign. At least North Tarrytown took the initiative to recast itself as Sleepy Hollow.

  6. max says:

    I can’t believe I’m actually in the minority here. I’m normally a New Haven line passanger and used Southeast yesterday since I was in Danbury. Sure, the walk is a bit far, especially the far lot, but its better service and 10 times better cars then what we have. If only I lived closer and I’d use it on weekends as well.

    • Emily says:

      I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is a bad station… in comparison to some of the other Harlem Line stations though, it is hardly a gem. You are right though -the service though is pretty good, which is why a lot of people from Connecticut come over and use it, instead of going through the hassle of the Danbury Branch and the New Haven Line.

  7. Gus Febles says:

    Love the family tie you have to Southeast!! My family is like that with the LIRR

  8. Kevin says:

    The above posters summed up what I would have said as well. They have available daytime parking and its easy access for CT residents to get on/off Highway 84, but whoever designed it gave no thought to the parking. The stairs are at the complete opposite end of all of the parking.
    One Bonus is if your train originates here, you get your pick of cars and seats.

  9. Kevin says:

    Also, the reason the stations north of here have more CT plates and residents is larger population and plenty of back roads across the border from northern Danbury and New Fairfield. It is the same for many of the stations on this line. The service is much more often and almost always direct.
    The state was considering installing tolls on 84 at the border. Commuters and residents went nuts (rightly so) because you literally have route 6 running parallel to 84 at the border in addition to the smaller roads and locals would surely flood them to avoid the tolls.

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