Yonkers (Metro-North station)

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Yonkers
Metro-North Hudson Line station
Amtrak station
Yonkers train station front.jpg
Main entrance to the station, facing downtown Yonkers.
Station statistics
Address 5 Buena Vista Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Coordinates 40°56′08″N 73°54′08″W / 40.9356°N 73.9023°W / 40.9356; -73.9023Coordinates: 40°56′08″N 73°54′08″W / 40.9356°N 73.9023°W / 40.9356; -73.9023
Line(s)

Amtrak:

Metro-North:

Connections Local Transit Bee-Line: 6, 9, 25, 32
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2004
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code YNY
Owned by MTA Metro-North Railroad
Fare zone 3 (Metro North)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 24,227[1] Increase 9.2% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Montreal
Adirondack
Terminus
Empire Service
toward Rutland
Ethan Allen Express
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division

The Yonkers Metro-North Railroad station serves the downtown Getty Square area of Yonkers, New York via the Hudson Line. It is one of four express stations on that line south of Croton–Harmon. Trains leave for New York City every 25 to 35 minutes on weekdays. It is 14.4 miles (23.2 km) from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and travel time to Grand Central is about 33 minutes.

The station also serves as the only Amtrak station in Southern Westchester serving points north and west like Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Montreal, and Toronto.

The station is two blocks west of the center of Getty Square in downtown Yonkers (where additional Bee-Line Bus System connections can be made), across the street from the historic Yonkers Post Office. It is also near the former Yonkers Trolley Barn.

As of August 2006, daily commuter ridership was 922.[2] Four outdoor bicycle parking racks sit across Buena Vista Avenue from the station at the edge of Van Der Donck Park.

Nearby amenities[edit]

Getty Square, Yonkers' downtown that surrounds the station, has workplaces, shops, restaurants, tourist attractions, and other services.

Attractions[edit]

  • Van Der Donck Park. The train station is distinctive since it sits atop the Saw Mill River, a tributary of the Hudson River, at the point where the two rivers meet. Since the 1920s, a parking lot east of the station across Buena Vista Avenue covered the river, although the river could be seen below a boardwalk on the west side of the station. In 2011, the City of Yonkers along with the community development organization Groundwork "daylighted" the river by removing the parking lot. With the help of Project for Public Spaces, they designed and constructed an urban park, called Van Der Donck Park after Adriaen van der Donck, around the daylighted river featuring outdoor seating, performance and educational spaces, public art, and wildlife elements like a fish ladder and wild, native plants. The park is a popular waiting area for train riders. There is a seasonal, weekly farmers' market operated by Groundwork on Fridays in the park next to the train station.
  • Ella Fitzgerald Statue Park. In the 2004 renovation, the bus stopping area in the south east corner of the station grounds was converted to a small sitting park centered on a stature of Ella Fitzgerald, a former Yonkers resident.[3]
  • The Riverfront Branch of the Yonkers Public Library. Originally part of the Otis Elevator Factory campus, this large library sits north east of the station.
  • Getty Square (downtown Yonkers) Post Office. Built in the Classical Revival style, the post office sits south east of the station across Buena Vista Avenue.
  • Science Barge. This floating, demonstration farm uses wind- and solar-power to hydroponically grow food. It is moored on the seawall along the Hudson at the mouth of the Saw Mill River within sight of the station, to the west.

Transport services[edit]

There are four outdoor bicycle parking racks across Buena Vista Avenue from the station at Van Der Donck Park. There is currently no indoor bicycle parking or a bicycle valet.

Car sharing Zipcars are available near the Yonkers Train Station since 2012.[4]

There are two parking garages for car storage: south of the station on Main between Hawthorne and Buena Vista Avenues with 428 spaces; and, east of the station at Warburton and Wells Avenues with 300 spaces.[5][6]

History[edit]

The station was built in 1911 for the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad in the Beaux-Arts style. The architects were Warren and Wetmore, one of the firms responsible for Grand Central Terminal, and Guastavino tiles are featured prominently in both stations. As with many NYCRR stations in Westchester County, the station became a Penn Central station upon the merger between NYC and Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. Amtrak inherited long-distance travel at the station in 1971, while Penn Central continued commuter travel until it was taken over by Conrail in 1976, which was taken over by Metro-North Railroad in 1983. In 2004, Metro-North completed a $43 million restoration of the Yonkers station.

The ticket office at this station was closed July 7, 2010 and tickets must be purchased from vending machines downstairs from the platforms.[7] A Metro-North Railroad Police substation is in the terminal on the ground floor.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

4 Hudson Line for Grand Central
2 Hudson Line for Grand Central
Empire Corridor for Penn Station
Empire Corridor no stop
1 Hudson Line for Poughkeepsie
Empire Corridor for Niagara Falls, Rutland, Montreal, or Toronto
Empire Corridor no stop
3 Hudson Line for Poughkeepsie

The station has two high-level island platforms each 10 cars long. The west platform next to Tracks 2 and 4 is generally used by southbound trains. The east platform next to Tracks 1 and 3 is generally used by northbound trains.

The Hudson Line has four tracks here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/commutemetro-north.html |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald". Yonkershistory.org. 1918-04-25. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Twitter / ZipcarNYC: Zipcars have arrived in #Yonkers!". Twitter.com. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  5. ^ by June 29, 2012 12:18 PM (2012-06-29). "iPark public garage on Wells Avenue in Yonkers - News 12 Hudson Valley". Hudsonvalley.news12.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  6. ^ "MNR Stations". As0.mta.info. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  7. ^ "mta.info - Metro-North Railroad: Selected Ticket Offices Close On July 7th". Metro North Railroad. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

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