Yankees – East 153rd Street (Metro-North station)
|Yankees – East 153rd Street|
View of tracks and platforms at Yankees-E. 153rd Street station
|Address||Gateway Center Boulevard
Highbridge, Bronx, New York 10451
|Connections||New York City Subway:
trains at 161st Street – Yankee Stadium
NYCT Bus: Bx6, Bx13 (at 161st Street)
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Opened||May 23, 2009|
|Electrified||700V (DC) third rail|
|Owned by||Metro-North Railroad|
The Yankees – East 153rd Street Metro-North Railroad station serves Yankee Stadium and Highbridge, the surrounding area in the New York City borough of The Bronx. It opened on May 23, 2009. The station provides daily local service on the Hudson Line, and special service on the Harlem and New Haven lines for New York Yankees baseball games played at Yankee Stadium.
Approximately ten trains before and after the games serve the station and allow riders to leave from and travel to stations on all three Metro-North lines. A shuttle train also transports fans between the stadium and Grand Central Terminal, helping to reduce traffic on the subway lines used to connect to New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road trains at Penn Station.
This project was promoted for several decades, and was included in the MTA's annual budget since the 1980s. Despite being part of the old Yankee Stadium renovation plan during the 1970s, plans for the station did not go ahead until the impetus from New Yankee Stadium. Metro-North's Hudson Line had active track near the site. Some connections needed to be altered to provide New Haven Line and Harlem Line service.
The station was designed to serve three Metro-North lines (Hudson, Harlem and New Haven) via existing track connections that were not normally used for revenue passenger services.
The MTA estimated that the project would cost $91 million, including $52 million that it will provide and $39 million that will be provided by New York City. The MTA paid for the new station with $40 million from an account set aside to build a new subway connection to LaGuardia Airport that was canceled due to local community opposition, and $5 million from an existing account that had money set aside for new Yankee Stadium station in prior budgets.
Transit watchdog groups disputed this. They claimed the money would have to be diverted from other MTA transportation projects in the region. Several groups have urged the Yankees to pay for part, if not all, of the station's cost, since the Yankees would be the prime beneficiary of this station. The Yankees have said the Metro-North project is separate from their stadium project.
Platform and track configuration 
This station has two high-level island platforms each 10 cars long. The Hudson Line has four tracks at this location. Trains to and from the Harlem and New Haven Lines gain access to the station via a wye at the Mott Haven interlocking that otherwise is not used for revenue service.
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