State-of-Art Renewal Project Begins at White Plains Station

If you call White Plains home, get ready to commute in and out of a state-of-the-art train station. MTA Metro-North Railroad announced that a full-scale renewal project that will enhance ADA accessibility, improve safety and upgrade tech is underway at the White Plains station.  

The project will give Metro-North customers a reimagined station, one that’s more accessible to all, safer, easier to navigate, and technologically up-to-date.  The White Plains station has the third highest ridership in the Metro-North system, second only to Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.

The station renewal underscores Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s commitment to improving the state’s public transportation and creating a world-class system that meets the needs and demands of travelers.

The revitalized White Plains station will have a more customer friendly focus, making commuting easier and more pleasant for the 12,000 customers who board trains there on an average weekday.

The station’s makeover is part of a $135 million Metro-North Station Improvement Initiative funded by the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program. Construction is expected to continue to December 2020.

“Metro-North Railroad is bringing world class standards to its stations and facilities, raising the bar for design, functionality and amenities," said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. "A streamlined design-build process hastens the project’s completion and its end goal of creating a station environment that’s more customer friendly. Long after the renovation at the White Plains station is complete, it will continue to influence improvements at other stations across the railroad’s territory.”

Metro-North Railroad makes accessibility a priority when considering the scope of all of its station construction projects.  While the White Plains station is already fully ADA accessible, the state of good repair work will enhance this accessibility. The project adds an elevator within the main entrance for customers to reach the new side platform, including two ADA compliant stairs that are replete with radiant heat flooring for snow and ice control.  The MTA is investing in improving ADA compliant features at the station, such as: railings, platform guardrails, signage, and a new public address system.

The top to bottom station transformation includes refurbishment and functional upgrades to its main entrance, the Main Street entrance, the Hamilton Avenue entrance, and the Mott Street entrance. Security cameras and speakers will be positioned throughout the station, enhancing customer safety.  Crews will install new platform canopies with wood ceilings, LED lighting, and a heated stairway leading from the side platform.  

Added amenities like USB chargers, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, digital screens that provide convenient access to train information, ticket vending machines and new benches will make the station’s environment even more customer friendly.  

Customers can look forward to an expanded, glass-enclosed waiting area, new interior station wall panels, ceiling tiles and fixtures, a remodeled ticket office, an improved food vendor space and refurbished bathrooms. MTA Arts and Design has issued an open call for artists to create a site specific installation at the station.  

Service at the White Plains station will continue throughout the duration of the three year project.  The renovation has been planned in three phases to minimize the disruption to customer travel. 

“The look, feel and efficiency of the White Plains station will be transformed, and with minimal disruption to our customers," said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi. "The planned state-of-the-art improvements propel the station into the 21st century, and an upgraded station can only help enhance the city’s quality of life."

Metro-North Railroad’s March 18 schedule reflects weekend and off-peak service changes that are in effect to accommodate the station’s upgrade.  While this important work is underway, customers should allow for extra travel time to access the open section of platforms.