Mount Vernon East station

The Mount Vernon East station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, located in Mount Vernon, New York. The station is the first station north of the junction where the New Haven Line splits from the Harlem Line and is the northernmost station on the line before it changes from third rail power to overhead catenary power, which takes place between the Mount Vernon East and Pelham stations. Some New Haven Railroad-era overhead catenary poles can still be found southwest of the Gramatan Avenue bridge.[3] After Pelham, the New Haven Line joins the Northeast Corridor at New Rochelle.

Mount Vernon East
Mount Vernon East Station; to Grand Central Terminal.JPG
A New York City-bound train arrives at Mount Vernon East station.
Location1 East First Street, Mount Vernon, New York
Coordinates40°54′43″N 73°49′54″W / 40.911942°N 73.831678°W / 40.911942; -73.831678Coordinates: 40°54′43″N 73°49′54″W / 40.911942°N 73.831678°W / 40.911942; -73.831678
Owned byMetropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit Bee-Line Bus System: (see Petrillo Plaza below)
Parking283 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone12
OpenedDecember 20, 1972[2]
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Previous namesMount Vernon (December 20, 1972–c. 1997)[1]
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Fordham New Haven Line Pelham
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
Harlem–125th Street
toward New York
Main Line Pelham
toward New Haven

It contains stained glass artwork named Tranquility by Marjorie Blackwell from 2001,[4] and the station itself is dedicated to Fred Wilkinson.


Prior to being acquired by Penn Central Railroad, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad had two stations in Mount Vernon. The main station, Prospect Avenue, which was actually located west of the Park Avenue Bridge rather than east of it, and another at Columbus Avenue, which also included a connecting station for the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway,[5] one of five NYW&B stations within the city. Mount Vernon's main New Haven Railroad station contained a series of sidetracks on the north side of East First Street between Park and Fulton Avenues. Penn Central closed the two stations and replaced them with the Mount Vernon station on December 20, 1972. The new station was built with two high-level 850 feet (260 m) side platforms, allowing the new M2 cars to platform at the station. The two old stations, including Columbus Avenue, which caught fire on March 31, 1957[6] were subsequently demolished.[7]

After the station became a Metro-North station, it was moved and rebuilt across the Park Avenue Bridge to Elm Avenue across from Portugal Place, in spite of the fact that Metro-North still gives the address as being at East First Street. Today, the site of the old Mount Vernon New Haven Railroad Station is occupied by August Petrillo Plaza, a Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System and local taxi hub.

This station stood in for the Rockville Centre station during the filming of the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.[8]

Station layoutEdit

This station has two high-level side platforms, each 10-cars long.[9]:18

M Mezzanine Crossover between tracks
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Track 3      New Haven Line toward Grand Central (Fordham)
Track 1      New Haven Line express trains do not stop here
Track 2      New Haven Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 4      New Haven Line toward Stamford, New Canaan, New Haven or New Haven–State Street (Pelham)
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Street level Exit/entrance and parking

Petrillo Plaza bus connectionsEdit

The following bus routes serve the Petrillo Plaza area, along the site of the former New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Depot at Mount Vernon. The site was named for former Mayor August Petrillo.

Route Stop location Terminal1 Terminal2 via notes
Bee-Line Bus
Getty Square

Riverdale Avenue
New Rochelle Transit Center
(Platform C)
Yonkers Avenue, Lincoln Avenue
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2  5  trains)
(Westchester Medical Center)
Hillside Avenue, White Plains Road
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2  5  trains)
(Westchester Medical Center)
Hillside Avenue, White Plains Road
  • Limited-stop service from Valhalla to White Plains.
  • Express from White Plains to Mount Vernon with one stop at Eastchester Square.
Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2  5  trains)
New Rochelle Transit Center
(Platform B)
West First Street, Pelhamdale Avenue
  • Weekend and evening service ends at 241st Street instead of 233rd Street.
  • The last PM trip to the Bronx operates via Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Bruckner Boulevard
at Pelham Bay Park ( 6   <6> ​ trains)
Bronxville (Metro-North station)
Gramatan Avenue, South Fifth Avenue No Sunday service.
to Mount Vernon High School East 3rd Street, Fifth Avenue (Pelham), Pelhamdale Avenue
  • Weekday rush-hour service only.
  • In the Chester Heights section of the city
Mount Vernon Local
Sandford Boulevard and Fulton Avenue and South 11th Avenue
  • Weekday rush-hour service only.
  • Open door along Mundy Lane in the Bronx.
  • The first AM trip from Sandford Boulevard continues to Mount Vernon High School.
  • In the Parkside section of the city
Eastchester, Bronx
Dyre Avenue and Light Street
at Dyre Avenue ( 5  train)
Cross County Shopping Center
Terrace Avenue, South Columbus Avenue
Yonkers (Metro-North station)
Rye Playland Yonkers Avenue, South Fulton Avenue, Sandford Boulevard, Pelhamdale Avenue, Boston Post Road, New England Thruway Limited-stop service, Nonstop from New Rochelle to Playland.


  1. ^ Mount Vernon East station (Road and Rail Pictures)
  2. ^ "Penn Central to Consolidate Two Stations". The Hartford Courant. December 19, 1972. p. 52. Retrieved September 15, 2019 – via  
  3. ^ DanTD (April 21, 2011). Mount Vernon East-11,000 Volts (photograph). Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Mount Vernon East; Marjorie Blackwell; Tranquility, 2001 (MTA; Arts for Transit and Urban Design)
  5. ^ Columbus Avenue NHRR and NYW&B station; October 1937 (TrainsAreFun)
  6. ^ "Railroad Depot Razed by Blaze". New York Daily News. April 1, 1957. p. 5. Retrieved September 13, 2019 – via  
  7. ^ "Pennsy Will Open Station At Mt. Vernon Tomorrow". The New York Times. December 19, 1972. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Site about the film Archived March 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Mount Vernon East (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons