Yonkers station

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Metro-North and Amtrak station
Yonkers train station front.jpg
Main entrance to the station, facing downtown Yonkers.
Location5 Buena Vista Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Coordinates40°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
Owned byMTA Metro-North Railroad
Line(s)Empire Corridor
Platforms2 island platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit Bee-Line: 6, 7, 9, 25, 32
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeYNY
Fare zone3 (Metro North)
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2017)27,009[1]Increase 6.66% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Montreal
Empire Service
toward Rutland
Ethan Allen Express
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf
MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad
toward Poughkeepsie
Hudson Line
Former services
Preceding station   New York Central Railroad   Following station
toward Chicago
Main Line
toward New York
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division
toward New York

The Yonkers station is a Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak railroad station serving the Yonkers, New York. It serves Metro-North commuter trains on the Hudson Line. It was formerly one of four express stations on that line south of Croton–Harmon,[2] but as of November 9, 2014 the only express trains that stop there are a few reverse peak trains in early morning and late evening.[3] 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.[4] Four outdoor bicycle parking racks sit across Buena Vista Avenue from the station at the edge of Van Der Donck Park.


The current station building was built in 1911 for the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad (NYC) 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.

Upon the merger of the NYC and the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968, this became a Penn Central commuter rail station. By this time, inter-city service to Yonkers had ended, and would not be restored until the late 1980s. Penn Central continued operating commuter travel until 1976, when it was taken over by Conrail, which in turn transferred the service to Metro-North Railroad in 1983. In 2004, Metro-North completed a $43 million restoration of the Yonkers station.

The ticket office at this station closed on July 7, 2010, so that passengers must now buy their tickets from vending machines at street level.[5] A Metro-North Railroad Police substation is in the terminal on the ground floor.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two high-level island platforms each 10 cars long.[6]:2

Platforms at Yonkers station
Platform level
Track 4 Hudson Line toward New York–Grand Central (Ludlow)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 Hudson Line toward New York–Grand Central (Ludlow)
Empire Service toward New York–Penn Station (Terminus)
Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, Maple Leaf toward New York–Penn Station (Terminus)
Hudson Line express trains do not stop here
Lake Shore Limited does not stop here
Empire Service (select trains) does not stop here
Track 1 Empire Service (select trains) does not stop here →
Lake Shore Limited does not stop here →
Hudson Line express trains do not stop here →
Maple Leaf toward Toronto (Croton–Harmon)
Adirondack toward Montreal (Croton–Harmon)
Ethan Allen Express toward Rutland (Croton–Harmon)
Empire Service toward Albany–Rensselaer or Niagara Falls, NY (Croton–Harmon)
Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon or Poughkeepsie (Glenwood)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 3 Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon or Poughkeepsie (Glenwood)
G Street level Exit/entrance, station house, parking

Nearby amenities[edit]

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


  • 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.[7]
Statue of Ella Fitzgerald at the Yonkers Train Station

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 have been available near the Yonkers Train Station since 2012.[8]

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.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "2006 Hudson Line timetable" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Nov 9 2014 Hudson Line timetable" (PDF).
  4. ^ The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/commutemetro-north.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "mta.info - Metro-North Railroad: Selected Ticket Offices Close On July 7th". Metro North Railroad. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald". Yonkershistory.org. April 25, 1918. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Twitter / ZipcarNYC: Zipcars have arrived in #Yonkers!". Twitter.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "iPark public garage on Wells Avenue in Yonkers - News 12 Hudson Valley". Hudsonvalley.news12.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "MNR Stations". As0.mta.info. Retrieved April 30, 2014.

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