Tarrytown (Metro-North station)
Looking south, with
Tappan Zee Bridge in the distance.
|Address||1 Depot Plaza
Tarrytown, NY, 10591
|Connections|| Bee-Line Bus System: 1T, 13
|Platforms||1 island platform
1 side platform
|Electrified||700V (DC) third rail|
The Tarrytown Metro-North Railroad station serves residents of Tarrytown, New York and other commuters via the Hudson Line and is one of four express stations on that line south of Croton–Harmon seeing most trains minus peak hour trains to/from Poughkeepsie.[verification needed] Trains leave for New York City every 25 to 35 minutes on weekdays. It is 24.5 miles (39.4 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is about 44 minutes (35 minutes express).
The Tappan Zee Bridge is not far from the station, so the station sees some use by commuters from Rockland County. As of August 2006, daily commuter ridership was 2677 and there are 909 parking spots, fewer than 100 of which are owned by the railroad.
The Tarrytown station was first used by commuters in 1890. The original station building, which also served as the terminus of John D. Rockefeller's private telegraph wire to his home in Pocantico Hills, was destroyed in a fire caused by a cigarette in April 1922. Plans for a new station were completed three years later in October 1925.
Almost 120 years after the station first went into use, an announcement was made in November 2007 concerning a large scale refurbishment of the station as part of the second phase of MTA's Capital Program. The renovated building will include a ticket agent and waiting area, new heated overpasses, stairways and elevators as well as new platforms. Metro-North has set aside $3.5 million for the project with the expectation that design work would be completed by the second quarter of 2008. Work at the Tarrytown station began in October 2009 and Metro North reports this federal stimulus project is expected to be finished by 2012.
The station has several parking options. The Green Street lot provides 467 permit parking spaces available for both residents and non-residents, having no maximum daily limit. The Depot Plaza lot provides 289 resident-only permit parking spaces, having no maximum daily limit. The South Depot Plaza lot provides 46 metered parking spaces, having a maximum 12-hour limit. These meters are in operation from 9AM to 6PM except Sundays and legal holidays. Parking permits can be purchased from the Village of Tarrytown on an annual or semi-annual basis. Annual permits run from June 1 through May 31. The prices depend on the type of permit.
The station is currently served by a number of bus lines, including the Westchester Bee-Line, Tappan Zee Express as well as a number of other connections. Historically, the station was connected to other Westchester County communities via a trolley.
Platforms and tracks
The station has two slightly offset high-level platforms each 10 cars long. The west one is an island platform next to Tracks 2 and 4 and generally used by southbound trains. The east one is a side platform next to Track 3 and generally used by northbound trains.
The Hudson Line has four tracks here; the inner track not next to either platform is used by express trains.
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