We're Fixing Up Our Front Door(s)
That's how Metro-North likes to think about each of our stations-as a front door to our train service, and to the communities we serve.
So, it is essential that we be "good neighbors" and make "home improvements" just like everyone else on the block. And the work is funded by the MTA's Capital Program and our federal and state partners.
Here's a look at work occurring at stations throughout our territory.
On the Hudson Line: We're nearing completion of the rehabilitation work on Philipse Manor, Scarborough, and Ossining stations that started in January 2008 and will be completed this fall.
Major home improvements at these stations include new inbound and outbound platforms with canopies. The existing overpass at Philipse Manor was rehabilitated, while a new one was installed at Scarborough. At Ossining, where the station building straddles the tracks, an existing elevated walkway also is being rehabilitated.
In addition we are installing:
New elevators and enclosed stairs, and a wind wall for the inbound platform at Scarborough. This summer, thanks to MTA Arts for Transit, six faceted glass windows by artist Liliana Porter will be installed in the overpass. This fall 12 sculptural seats clad in mosaics, also by Porter, will be installed in the plaza area.
Ossining After Construction
At Ossining, seven new staircases are being installed to connect the elevated station building and vehicular overpass to the east and west side parking areas, ferry dock, and platforms. There also will be four new elevators stretching from the station building to the platforms and to the east and west parking facilities.
Also at Ossining, the abstract expressionist artist Robert Goodnough was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit to create 16 faceted glass panels to be installed in overpass windows this summer. The purpose, Goodnough says, is to "add cheer and color … and send commuters happily on their way."
Philipse Manor After Construction
At Philipse Manor, MTA Arts for Transit commissioned a six-panel, faceted glass work called "North, South and Home," by Joseph Cavalieri, which has been installed in the overpass. The vibrant and expressive color of the artwork allows it to be seen for inside the overpass and from a distance.
Footings for new platforms and elevator towers at Tarrytown
At Tarrytown Station, which will be the 17th Hudson Line station to be recently rebuilt, new center island and side platforms are in the works along with new, fully enclosed and heated overpasses. Two elevators will be replaced and a third will be added on the west side in the new north overpass, a key component of work at these stations is the new elevators being installed, which will provide greater station accessibility for our customers with disabilities.
Platform amenities at all the rehabilitated stations include canopies, shelters heated in the winter, lighting, benches, new public address and visual information systems, even pigeon proofing and some landscaping. MTA Arts for Transit will commission a piece for Tarrytown station, and a call for artists will go out soon. To learn more about Arts for Transit, click here
Work at Tarrytown started in October 2009 and this federal stimulus project is expected to be finished by 2012.
Further up the line, the historic Poughkeepsie Station renovation is still underway. All doors and windows on the four-story building are being replaced, including five monumental arched windows in the waiting room. Internal brick walls will be cleaned and the east exterior wall is being cleaned and repointed.
We've already replaced the Spanish clay tile roof, restored copper Yankee gutters, upgraded utilities and repaired and cleaned the building's terra cotta cornice.
The multi-year project is expected to be finished by 2013.
Expanded parking is always a much sought-after improvement at most stations, and at Cortlandt Station work has begun on adding 720 parking spaces on a parcel on the west side of the tracks, bringing parking capacity to 1,605. Parking at Cortlandt is available to all without regard to residency.
Equally important is the creation of a new intermodal plaza, an extension of the pedestrian overpass to the new lot and a new passenger waiting and vendor area in the overpass.
To improve access, the railroad in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation is reconfiguring the Route 9A intersection leading to the station.
This project, which began in November 2009, is expected to finish by November 2011.
On the New Haven Line: By year's end, we anticipate completing our newly renovated Port Chester and Rye stations. Work started at these stations in July 2009.
We are bringing both stations back to a state of good repair. Look for rehabilitated platforms, new canopies, new stairs, ramps, platform amenities, and new public address and visual information systems.
|New canopy under construction at Rye||Bridgeplates in use at Port Chester during platform work|
At Port Chester and Rye, the track next to the platform being rebuilt must be taken out of service, so that construction workers are protected from passing trains. So "bridge plates," like the ones shown in the adjacent photo, are erected. These allow trains to stop on the center tracks and customers to access them by crossing the out-of-service track. It's just one thing Metro-North does to keep trains running on time while building safely in an active train environment.
Additionally, Rye Station will have its pedestrian overpasses rehabilitated. Its station building will also be renovated and will include an extension of the station building's canopy to the west overpass.
These projects, key to maintaining the quality of our service, are a good example of how Metro-North makes every dollar count.