Stamford’s central location between major northeastern cities offers an easy commute to places like New York City. With New York City less than 45 minutes away via train and three train stations within the city itself, the commute to and from Stamford couldn’t be easier. The Stamford Transportation Center is home to many major transportation companies such as Metro-North and Amtrak trains as well as Peter Pan, Greyhound, and CT Transit buses. As of 2016, the Stamford Transportation Center has an annual ridership of over 8.4 million for Metro-North and 410,600 passengers on Amtrak. The Stamford station is the second busiest station in the entire Metro-North Railroad network, after Grand Central Terminal, and makes up 21% of ridership on the New Haven Line.
Over 60% of workers in Stamford travel less than 25 minutes to get to work each day. This is indicative of the number of jobs available in Stamford; many residents do not need to commute outside of the city. However, the many residents who do commute to New York and other locales for work are able to use Stamford’s reliable public transportation system. The Stamford Transportation Center is an integral train stop, being the largest train hub in Connecticut in terms of revenue. CT Transit is also a popular mode of transportation, offering a bussing system for transportation to locations within Stamford.
Although many people use public transportation, the vast majority of Stamford residents drive to work. With the Merritt Parkway and I-95, it is easy to travel to and from Stamford on a daily basis.
Stamford is also conveniently close to several airports. Three of these airports are within fifty miles of Stamford: LaGuardia is 30 miles away, JFK is 41.5 miles away, and Westchester County Airport is only 12 miles away. With its proximity to multiple transportation hubs, Stamford is the perfect place for the frequent traveler.
Stamford Transportation Center
- 47 mins to Grand Central
- 39 mins to Harlem-125 St.
- 25 mins to Fairfield
- 26 mins to New Rochelle
- 55 mins to Yankee Stadium
- 64 mins to New Haven
- 1 hr 25 min to Newark Airport
- 2 hrs to Philadelphia
- 2 hrs to Providence
- 2 hrs 50 mins to Boston
- 3 hrs 50 mins to Washington DC
Other Train Stations
- Glenbrook Station
- Springdale Station
- Talmadge Hill Station
- Old Greenwich Station
- East Stamford Station (Proposed)
Highways & State Routes
Two major highways, the Merritt Parkway and I-95 run directly through Stamford, which makes commuting by car very convenient. With both being no more than a 15-minute drive from any point in the city, traveling to your destination is simple and efficient. The I-95 carries approximately 140,000 to 150,000 vehicles per day through Stamford, and the Merritt Parkway carries another 57,000 to 68,000 vehicles.
- Merritt Parkway (CT Route 15)
- U.S. Route 1
- U.S. Route 7
- Long Ridge Rd (CT Route 104)
- Courtland Ave. (CT Route 106)
- High Ridge Rd. (CT Route 137)
Stamford is conveniently located in close proximity to major international airports such as LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, both of which are under an hour away by car. Additionally, Newark Liberty International Airport is just over an hour away and Westchester County Airport is about 25 minutes away. Stamford couldn’t be in a better location to make air travel as easy and hassle-free as possible.
Bike and Pedestrian Safety
In recent years, Stamford has embraced a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city design and because of this, we were named one of The Best NYC Commuter Towns for Car-Free Living in 2017 by Curbed. Stamford has added bike hitches to parking meters throughout the city and increased the number of designated bike lanes. In 2015, Stamford introduced sharrows as a way to increase bike rider safety by designating certain roads as permitted for both bike and automobile use, and that all users must share the road. And most recently, a $250k bike and pedestrian study was commissioned in partnership with WestCOG and People Friendly Stamford to develop a plan for future bike and pedestrian safety as the city continues to grow. This comes right after the city completed Phase 1 of the Stamford Urban Transitway, a project that helps address current and future traffic needs. The project provided travel lanes, high occupancy vehicle lanes, bus priority lanes, bicycle lanes, and new sidewalks and landscaping.
The Stamford Street Smart Initiative was launched in 2014 as a citywide public safety and awareness campaign focused on three areas: enforcement, engineering, and education. This helped launch the Bike to Work Day to help encourage people to skip driving to work, and instead use their bike, walk, or take public transportation. Stamford is also part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile bike and walking trail that connects 15 states and 450 cities. The city has plans to implement a bike-sharing program, partnering with Zagster and local corporations to sponsor the bikes and enable their employees to bike to work from the train station, or to other areas of the city.