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.
Location 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
Owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit Bee-Line Bus System: (see Petrillo Plaza below)
Construction
Parking 283 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 12
History
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Previous names Mount Vernon (????-1997?)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
New Haven Line
Yankee game days only
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 August Petrillo Plaza (see below), a Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System and local taxi hub.

Station Layout[edit]

This station has two high-level side platforms, each 10 cars long.

M Mezzanine Crossover between tracks
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 3 New Haven Line toward Grand Central (Fordham or Yankees–East 153rd Street)
Track 1 New Haven Line express trains do not stop here
Track 2 New Haven Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 4 New Haven Line toward Stamford, New Canaan, New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Pelham)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Street level Exit/entrance and parking

Petrillo Plaza bus connections[edit]

The following bus routes serve the Petrillo Plaza area, along the site of the former New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Depot at Mount Vernon. The site was named for former Mayor August Petrillo.

Route Stop location Terminal1 Terminal2 via notes
Bee-Line Bus
7
Yonkers
Getty Square

Riverdale Avenue
New Rochelle Transit Center
(Platform C)
Yonkers Avenue, Lincoln Avenue
40
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2   5  trains)
Valhalla
(Westchester Medical Center)
Hillside Avenue, White Plains Road
41
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2   5  trains)
Valhalla
(Westchester Medical Center)
Hillside Avenue, White Plains Road
  • Limited-stop service from Valhalla to White Plains.
  • Express from White Plains to Mount Vernon with one stop at Eastchester Square.
42
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2   5  trains)
New Rochelle Transit Center
(Platform B)
West First Street, Pelhamdale Avenue
  • Weekend and evening service ends at 241st Street instead of 233rd Street.
  • The last PM trip to the Bronx operates via Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.
52
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Bruckner Boulevard
at Pelham Bay Park ( 6   <6>  trains)
Bronxville
Bronxville (Metro-North station)
Gramatan Avenue, South Fifth Avenue No Sunday service.
53
to Mount Vernon High School East 3rd Street, Fifth Avenue (Pelham), Pelhamdale Avenue
  • Weekday rush-hour service only.
  • In the Chester Heights section of the city
54
Mount Vernon Local
Sandford Boulevard and Fulton Avenue and South 11th Avenue
  • Weekday rush-hour service only.
  • Open door along Mundy Lane in the Bronx.
  • The first AM trip from Sandford Boulevard continues to Mount Vernon High School.
  • In the Parkside section of the city
55
Eastchester, Bronx
Dyre Avenue and Light Street
at Dyre Avenue ( 5  train)
Cross County Shopping Center
Macy's
Terrace Avenue, South Columbus Avenue
91
Yonkers
Yonkers (Metro-North station)
Rye Playland Yonkers Avenue, South Fulton Avenue, Sandford Boulevard, Pelhamdale Avenue, Boston Post Road, New England Thruway Limited-stop service, Nonstop from New Rochelle to Playland.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[edit]

This station stood in for the Rockville Centre Station during the filming of the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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