April 17, 2013
Spring Means it is Time for Metro-North Station Spruce Ups
Five Harlem Line Stations to Get Makeovers
Spring means Metro-North’s Station Enhancement Program is once again underway. “Stations gangs” are at select Harlem Line locations, giving them a coat of paint and numerous amenities to make them look fresh and new.
This program, which started in 2010, reflects Metro-North’s efforts to keep stations in the communities it serves in good working order, while giving them a beautifying touch.
Upgrade work includes some, or all, of the following elements, depending on the needs of individual stations: recoating all painted areas, new recycling bins, replacing damaged protective film on windows that prevent scratches from ruining the glass, cleaning the station right-of-way, re-stenciling the “Watch the Gap” signs, repairing wooden edge board between the platform and the train, replacing concrete benches with wire ones, installing new station identification signs, fixing shelter heaters, installing energy efficient lighting, and power washing all station exterior surfaces, windows and overpasses.
This year, upgrade work is scheduled at Crestwood, Valhalla, North White Plains, Hawthorne and Pleasantville Stations.
Last year exterior makeovers were completed at Bedford Hills, Katonah, Mt. Kisco and Chappaqua on the Harlem Line. And on the New Haven Line, in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, improvements were made at Wilton, Cannondale, Rowayton and East Norwalk.
The program is a true team effort undertaken by paint crews, station cleaners, sheet metal workers, electricians, elevator mechanics, track workers, plumbers and ticket vending machine maintainers. All work is scheduled to minimize impacts on customers.