Harrison (Metro-North station)

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Harrison
Harrison MN sta house jeh.JPG
The station house in 2008.
Station statistics
Address 452 Halstead Avenue and
240 Harrison Avenue,
Harrison, NY 10543
Coordinates 40°58′12″N 73°42′40″W / 40.970°N 73.711°W / 40.970; -73.711Coordinates: 40°58′12″N 73°42′40″W / 40.970°N 73.711°W / 40.970; -73.711
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Bee-Line Bus System: 5, 61
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 709 spaces
Other information
Opened c. 1870
Electrified 12,500V (AC) overhead catenary
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Fare zone 13
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 574,860[1] Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line

The Harrison Metro-North Railroad station serves Harrison, New York via the New Haven Line. During peak hours, some local trains (namely those not subsidized by the Connecticut Department of Transportation) originate or terminate here as opposed to locals from Stamford. Harrison is 22.2 miles (35.7 km) from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time from Grand Central is 46 minutes.

As of August 2006, weekday commuter ridership was 2,211 and there are 739 parking spots.[2]

History[edit]

Railroad service through Harrison dates back to the 1840s when the New York and New Haven Railroad laid tracks through the town. Unfortunately, it was little more than a flag stop until NY&NE built a station in 1870, before the line was acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1872. Between 1927 and 1937, it also served as a station for the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway interurban line,[3] and was one of two stations in Harrison to serve the NYW&B, the other one was at West Street and lasted just as long.[4]

As with all New Haven Line stations in Westchester County, the station became a Penn Central station upon acquisition by Penn Central in 1969. The station was updated in 1972 from low-level to high-level platforms.[5][6] This was done to accommodate the arrival of new rail cars known then as Cosmopolitans, now more commonly known as M2s. The new cars did not include boarding steps, or traps, as their predecessor 4400 Pullman "Washboard" cars did, and could only board passengers at stations with high-level platforms. This reconstruction project was taking place despite Penn Central's continuous financial despair throughout the 1970s, which forced them to turn over their commuter service to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. MTA transferred the station to Metro-North in 1983.

On September 25, 2013, a main feeder cable that provides electricity to an 8-mile (13 km) long segment of the New Haven Line failed, causing electric train service over the line to halt. Consolidated Edison and Metro-North installed a temporary substation at Harrison on September 28 in an effort to help alleviate the outage for Monday's regular services.[7][8][9][10][11]

Platform and track configuration[edit]

3 New Haven Line for Grand Central
1 New Haven Line no stop
Northeast Corridor no stop
2 New Haven Line no stop
Northeast Corridor no stop
4 New Haven Line for New Haven – State Street

This station has two high-level side platforms each 10 cars long. The northern platform, adjacent to Track 3, is generally used by westbound trains. The southern platform, adjacent to Track 4, is generally used by eastbound trains. Both platforms were added in 1972.[12][13]

The New Haven Line has four tracks at this location. The two inner tracks, not adjacent to either platform, are used only by express trains.

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External links[edit]

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