MTA Press Releases

Press Release
January 26, 2021
MTA Awarded Nearly $20 Million to Upgrade Metro-North Grade Crossings, Make Other Safety Improvements
Grant Is Part of $40 Million In Awards from U.S. Department of Transportation, Will Be Used to Improve Safety At Nine Crossings Along MNR Harlem Line

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Metro-North Railroad will receive a $19.7 million federal grant to provide critical safety improvements to nine grade crossings on the Metro-North's Harlem Line. The grant was part of $40 million provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration this month. 

The financial assistance will improve safety at nine crossings along the Harlem Line in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam Counties by upgrading or replacing existing at-grade crossing warning systems and reconstructing the railroad crossings structures and approaches that are currently in place. The MTA and Metro-North will work in tandem with the New York State Department of Transportation to implement the work.

"I am thrilled that Washington recognized the benefits that these important safety projects will bring to Metro-North’s Harlem Line customers," said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “We look forward to working closely with our federal and state partners to efficiently deliver these improvements."

The full list of locations that are set to receive the upgrades appear below:

  • Virginia Road in North White Plains
  • Ellen Avenue in Brewster
  • Corbin Road in Pawling
  • Appalachian Trail in Pawling
  • Old Pawling Road in Pawling
  • Wheeler Road in Wingdale
  • Dover Furnace Road in Dover
  • Mill Street in Dover Plains
  • Dover Plains Station pedestrian crossing in Dover Plains

This work follows a October 2020 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration that awarded the New York State Department of Transportation, the MTA and Metro-North $2.5 million to upgrade the railroad crossing at Hudson Avenue in Peekskill on Metro-North's Hudson Line. 

The grade crossing upgrades will complement the safety enhancements Metro-North is already undertaking under its robust Way Ahead plan. In 2020 Metro-North replaced six grade crossings pads and installed delineators at 30 crossings.