Upper West Side Train Station Plans Chugging Along
by Avi - September 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm -
Trains to New Haven, Conn. or Beacon, NY might be leaving an Upper West Side station in the not-too-distant future, as Metro-North has begun to study a new route from the West Side to Upstate New York and Connecticut. Metro-North is conducting an environmental assessment of a new train route that would connect Penn Station to Metro-North’s Hudson and New Haven lines. Currently Metro-North trains leave from Grand Central Station and 125th Street in Harlem.
The train would presumably leave from a station at West 62nd Street, which the MTA said it was considering building in a letter earlier this year to Councilwoman Gale Brewer. The environmental assessment is expected to be completed by 2011, though it’s unclear when the station would be built. Metro-North didn’t return a call seeking comment.
“If nothing else, we will have the EA done and be ready if there is another round of stimulus coming,” Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told the Greenwich Time. “This has been a gleam in Metro-North’s eye for a long time.”
The new station would be built near the Riverside Center development, which has been proposed for the land adjacent to the Hudson River between 59th and 61st Streets. If built, that development isn’t expected to be completed until 2018.
The MTA has been discussing a possible West Side train route ending at Penn Station for at least a decade, and started an environmental review but had since put the plans back on the shelf. (photo by LukeGordon1 via flickr)