Mount Vernon East (Metro-North station)

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Mount Vernon East
Mount Vernon East Station; to Grand Central Terminal.JPG
A New York City-bound train arrives at Mount Vernon East station.
Station statistics
Address 1 East First Street,
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Coordinates 40°54′43″N 73°49′54″W / 40.911942°N 73.831678°W / 40.911942; -73.831678Coordinates: 40°54′43″N 73°49′54″W / 40.911942°N 73.831678°W / 40.911942; -73.831678
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Bee-Line Bus System: 7, 40, 41, 42, 52, 53, 54, 55, 91
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Parking 283 spaces
Other information
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Fare zone 12
Formerly Mount Vernon (????-1997?)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line
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New Haven Line

The Mount Vernon East Metro-North Railroad station serves passengers at Mount Vernon, New York, via the New Haven Line. The station is the first station north of the junction where the New Haven Line splits from the Harlem Line and is the only station on the line before it changes from third rail power to overhead catenary power, which takes place north of there, between Mount Vernon East and Pelham stations. Some New Haven Railroad-era overhead catenary poles can still be found southwest of the Gramatan Avenue bridge.[2] After Pelham, the New Haven Line joins the Northeast Corridor at New Rochelle.

Mount Vernon East is 14 miles (23 km) from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time from Grand Central is 29 minutes. It contains stained glass artwork named Tranquility by Marjorie Blackwell from 2001,[3] and the station itself is dedicated to Fred Wilkinson.

History[edit]

Prior to being acquired by Penn Central Railroad, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad had two stations in Mount Vernon; The main station which was actually located west of the Park Avenue Bridge rather than east of it, and another at Columbus Avenue, which also included a connecting station for the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway,[4] one of five NYW&B stations within the city. Mount Vernon's main New Haven Railroad station contained a series of sidetracks on the north side of East First Street between Park and Fulton Avenues. Penn Central closed the Columbus Avenue station during the early-1970s and converted the sidetracks into extended parking lots. After the station became a Metro-North station, it was moved and rebuilt across the Park Avenue Bridge to Elm Avenue across from Portugal Place, in spite of the fact that Metro-North still gives the address as being at East First Street. Today, the site of the old Mount Vernon New Haven Railroad Station is occupied by Petrillo Plaza, a Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System and local taxi hub.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

3 New Haven Line for Grand Central
1 New Haven Line no stop
2 New Haven Line 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.

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.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[edit]

This station stood in for the Rockville Centre Station during the filming of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.[5]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Mount Vernon East (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons