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  1. I live a whole 20 minutes north of the Waterbury station up Route 8. You could not pay me to take a train out of there though.

    Aside from the sketchball lot, there’s never any service at times that are convenient, most of the time I drive the hour to Danbury and go from there, unless I have to return at some ungodly hour, in which case we usually go to New Haven.

  2. Waterbury-area resident who works in new york says:

    Sadly, I usually drive all the way to Golden’s Bridge to take the train to NYC because of convenient parking and the ticket-purchasing machine there … I WISH I could take a train closer to home without having to GET OFF and WAIT FOR ANOTHER TRAIN in Bridgeport. I don’t understand why this is such a difficult thing for our state lawmakers to figure out, seeing as how THERE ARE TRAIN TRACKS ALREADY ATTACHED TO THE GROUND that connect Waterbury to New York City. Also, I make more money working in New York than I do in Connecticut but I spent 99 percent of my income in Connecticut. Which should be another argument for making it easier to get Waterbury-area residents to New York.

    • Emily says:

      I know exactly what you mean. I grew up in Southbury, so I was pretty much halfway in between Waterbury and Danbury. But never did I ever take the train from either place – it was always far more convenient to go to Brewster. After graduating school, I was again living in Southbury and made the morning trek to Brewster and the train there. It was certainly not an easy thing, so I have to give you credit. But it is unfortunate it has to be that way.

      If you don’t mind me asking, is there any reason why Goldens Bridge easier than Southeast? Or have you managed to get a parking pass for GB?

    • Heather says:

      Honestly, it all boils down to ridership. If they truly wanted to, they could slap a Genesis P32AC-DM on the train and run a direct train to GCT if they really wanted to, just like they do for a handful of rush hour service to Danbury…but the vast majority of people riding the Waterbury branch probably don’t need service to GCT, aside from the fact it would be a 2.5 hour ride, at least. However, if they can’t justify TVM’s on the line, I can see why the CT DOT and MNR don’t want to foot the bill for direct service.

      Now having rode the Waterbury line from Naugatuck to Bridgeport and back (Still can’t pay me enough to leave my car parked in the Waterbury station lot) I can’t say I would ride direct to GCT just because it would be such a long ride – and the people I was stuck with between Bridgeport and Naugatuck thought they were the next Lil Wayne or something freestyling to tinny rap blaring out of their phones. Now having taken the train from Brewster, even the 2 hour Danbury branch ride is annoyingly long for me.

      Honestly, I think there’s more of a chance of them extending service to Torrington (ha, still doubtful) than direct Grand Central service, unfortunately.

  3. Kevin says:

    10 years later and nothing has changed (except a few more stores in Waterbury have gone out of business).

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