Ardsley-on-Hudson station

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Ardsley-on-Hudson
Ardsley-on-Hudson train station.jpg
View looking northbound from east platform;
the Tappan Zee Bridge is visible beyond the station.
Location110 West Ardsley Avenue
Irvington, NY, 10533
Coordinates41°01′37″N 73°52′37″W / 41.0270°N 73.8769°W / 41.0270; -73.8769Coordinates: 41°01′37″N 73°52′37″W / 41.0270°N 73.8769°W / 41.0270; -73.8769
Line(s)Empire Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
Openedca. 1896
Rebuilt2006–07
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division
toward New York

The Ardsley-on-Hudson station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, serving the Ardsley area of Irvington, New York. Trains leave for New York City every hour on weekdays, and about every 25 minutes during rush hour. It is 21 miles (34 km) from Grand Central Terminal, and the trip there takes about 47 minutes. As of August 2006, daily commuter ridership was 420 and there were 134 parking spots.[1] The main campus of Mercy College is within walking distance of the station.

A common misconception is that the Ardsley-on-Hudson station serves the similarly named Village of Ardsley, which is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east, and was once served by the discontinued Putnam Division line, which ceased passenger service in 1958.

History[edit]

The original New York Central Railroad station house along the northbound platform with features dating back to the demolished Ardsley Casino Country Club.

The station was originally part of the Ardsley Casino Clubhouse a country club created through the support of some of the most notable and successful men in the US including Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt (New York Central entrepreneur) and John Pierpont Morgan. The Casino was built overlooking the Hudson River and besides the station, had a private dock to accommodate the yachts of members. A 1927 established offshoot known as the Ardsley Racquet and Swim Club inherited the property in 1935, and the casino was closed in 1936.[2] The site was replaced by the Hudson House Apartments. Even with all the changes, the original mid-1890s New York Central Railroad depot remained intact. As with many stations along the Hudson Division, the New York Central merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968 to form Penn Central Railroad. The 1970 bankruptcy of Penn Central forced it to turn service over to the MTA, which continued through the time it was taken over by Conrail in 1976, and then by Metro-North Railroad in 1983. While there is no official station house, Metro-North does maintain a small two-story brick depot, housing the northbound waiting room, ticket machines, and the United States Post Office for ZIP Code 10503.

The crossover ramp to southbound or New York City-bound trains was inside the depot until 2006, when Metro-North razed the ramp and built one a few steps to the south, with a higher clearance for projected double-deck trains. At that time new, longer platforms were installed on both sides of the tracks.[3] On February 1, 2010, a sanitation truck smashed into the historic pedestrian bridge leading from the station house to the Hudson House Apartments.[4] The bridge was never rebuilt.

In December 2017, the Village Board of Irvington, which has jurisdiction over the station, passed local legislation which expanded the types of business which would be allowed to be situated in the station's building, while still prohibiting fast-food restaurants, drive-through type businesses and businesses which produced "odor, dust, noise, smoke, gas, fumes or radiation".[5]

Station layout[edit]

This station has two slightly offset high-level side platforms each eight cars long. Only one of the express tracks, specifically Track 2 is powered by third rail.[6]

M Mezzanine Crossover between tracks
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 4 Hudson Line toward Grand Central (Dobbs Ferry)
Track 2 Hudson Line express trains do not stop here
Empire Corridor trains do not stop here
Track 1 Empire Corridor trains do not stop here →
Hudson Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 3 Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon or Poughkeepsie (Irvington)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Street level Exit/entrance and parking

In popular culture[edit]

The station was used as a location for the 2002 film Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. It also figured in the setting of the 1984 film Falling in Love.[7] Emily Blunt's character Rachel takes the train out of this station in the 2016 film The Girl on the Train.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metro-North Station Statistics (The New York Times; August 2006)
  2. ^ Ardsley Country Club builds a court in response to APTA efforts to grow the game (Platform Tennis Hall of Fame)
  3. ^ Metro-North and Villages Celebrate Completion of Station Work At Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Irvington (MTA Press Release; June 20, 2008)
  4. ^ Pedestrian bridge destroyed after weekend crash (News 12 Westchester County: February 1, 2010 9:03 AM)
  5. ^ Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge (December 6, 2017) "Irvington okays changes at Ardsley-on-Hudson station" Lohud.com
  6. ^ DanTD (June 27, 2016). Ardsley-on-Hudson Metro-North-011.jpg (photograph). Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  7. ^ Falling in Love (1984) part 1 (Vagebond's Movie Screen Shots)

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