High level platforms at Metro-North's Port Jervis stop to cost $4 million

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PORT JERVIS, N.Y. — Changes are in store for rail commuters on the 95-mile journey between Port Jervis and Hoboken, N.J., especially in New York State.

Acting Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi and local politicians announced Feb. 9 that a $4 million Americans with Disabilities Act compliant high-level platform will be built at the Port Jervis station. With a completion date of 2020, the new $4 million high-level platform is the fulfillment of 14 years of advocacy by the local mobility-impaired community. A temporary aluminum high-level platform should be in place by this June. Tracks at the station will need to repositioned to accommodate PTC and other signal upgrades, which enabled the platform upgrade to be done. New York State will provide $1.5 million and Metro-North will spend $2.5 million and will also absorb the cost of the temporary platform. A brand-new New York State casino near Port Jervis is expected to increase passenger volume on the line.

The scarcity of off-peak trains on this line has been a problem. Last year, a $26 million request for proposals was developed by the New York MTA as part of their capital program. Slated to start this year, the work should conclude in 2020.

At the present time in New York, from Port Jervis to Suffern, the mostly single track line has few passing sidings. The traditional rush-hour service to and from Hoboken operated jointly by NJ Transit and Metro-North has only one yard past Suffern, 66 miles northwest at Port Jervis. This prohibits reverse commuting.

The request for proposals is expected to study adding three passing sidings on the New York side of the route to increase the number of trains in both directions, and to add a yard at Campbell Hall, the midpoint. This will permit reverse commuting to this area, which has seen recent economic growth. The capital improvements are expected to allow Orange and Rockland County residents to further benefit from longer-term capital projects, such as a future Hudson River crossing, which could provide the opportunity for a future one-seat ride to New York City and improved transit connections to Stewart Airport. The request is the culmination of a collaborative effort among Metro-North, local elected officials, key stakeholders, and the public to improve service on the Port Jervis Line.

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