Work to improve Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis Station, the terminus of the West of Hudson Port Jervis Line, is continuing to progress with the site preparation completed and the demolition nearly done.
The project is part of the 2015-19 Capital Program and station investments and will make the Port Jervis Station the first along the Port Jervis Line to have a high-level platform in place. Communications and signal projects on the Port Jervis Line to support Positive Train Control were also completed last month with the cab signaling put into service for the 60-mile entirety of the line.
“Metro-North is happy to deliver on the commitment the MTA and I made to the community to invest in safety and capital improvements for our West of Hudson customers,” said Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi. “The Port Jervis Station upgrades will provide a more modernized, usable space that will thoroughly enhance the customer experience.”
The contract was awarded December 2019 and is expected to be completed by December 2020. Improvements include a high-level platform to help with better boarding, a new ramp for an improved ADA experience, canopy and passenger shelter with art components to enhance user experience. Parking lot improvements include a new sidewalk and curbing along the new station. Pay meters and ticket vending machines will be relocated for more convenient access.
The completion of work to prepare for site demolition and other activities include the following:
- Relocation of parking meters and enclosure;
- Relocation of ticket vending machines (TVM) and installation of temporary TVM canopy;
- Temporary platform shelter in place;
- Temporary passenger walkway from the parking lot to wooden ramp installed;
- Temporary lighting and directional signs have been put into place;
- Handicap parking spaces moved to a temporary location;
- Installation of fencing and construction gate; and
- Demolition of passenger shelter, bollards, platform, and related equipment.
Crews are now working on activities for the platform footings such as excavation, rebar fabrication, and pouring concrete.