UWS Metro-North Station Plans Derailed

by - March 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm -

metronorthOne of the big perks that the proposed Riverside Center development at West 59th Street was expected to have was a new Metro-North train station. Those plans, however, have fallen apart because the train tracks curve at the site of the development, making a station unfeasible, said City Councilwoman Gale Brewer in a recent conversation with the Westside Independent.

The station was one of the benefits expected to come to the community when Riverside Center, a massive 2,500-unit development with a movie theater, an auto showroom, and a new school, is built between 59th Street and 61st just off of the West Side Highway. That controversial development is still being reviewed by the city. We first reported the new plans for Riverside Center, along with pictures and models, last week.

The Metro-North station also can’t be built South of the development because of a warehouse there owned by CBS, Brewer said. But Brewer, who “loves Metro-North,” plans to find somewhere on the Upper West Side to put a station, she said. Metro-North trains could take Upper West Siders to and from Upstate New York and other destinations.

It’s still unclear where that could be, though West 72nd Street was one rumored location. We’ll keep our ears open. And let us know if you hear anything or have any opinions about a train station.

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  1. john says...

    Why not redevelop the 79th Street Boat Basin for a station? You could at least get a drink and a bite while waiting for your train.