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Riverdale station (Metro-North)

The Riverdale station (also known as Riverdale–West 254th Street station) is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, serving the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City. The Riverdale station, located at the foot of West 254th Street, is the northernmost Metro-North station in the Bronx. As of August 2006, daily commuter ridership was 543 and there were 153 parking spaces.[2]

Riverdale Metro North Stop October 2013.jpg
The Riverdale Metro-North station
LocationRailroad Terrace and West 254th Street
Riverdale, Bronx, New York 10463
Coordinates40°54′16″N 73°54′50″W / 40.90444°N 73.9139°W / 40.90444; -73.9139Coordinates: 40°54′16″N 73°54′50″W / 40.90444°N 73.9139°W / 40.90444; -73.9139
Owned byMetro-North Railroad
Line(s)Empire Corridor
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit Hudson Rail Link: A, B, C, D
Parking153 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone2
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Key dates
June 23, 1982Station depot burned[1]
Passengers (2006)141,180 Steady 0%
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
towards Poughkeepsie
Hudson Line Spuyten Duyvil
Former services
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division Spuyten Duyvil
toward New York
Mt. St. Vincent
toward Peekskill

The former New York Central Railroad depot at this location burned down on the morning of June 23, 1982, after a suspicious fire, requiring two trains to bypass the station.[1]

Station layoutEdit

The station has two high-level, side platforms, each eight cars long. An additional Track 6 is located west of the southbound platform, but is not powered nor used. Just south of the station are switches that allow Empire Corridor trains to diverge to Pennsylvania Station via the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge.[3]:2

Next to the station's southbound platform lies the Riverdale Waterfront Promenade and Fishing Access Site. Dedicated in 2005, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the park "is 20 feet (6.1 m) wide and 600 feet (180 m) long, providing benches and a place to fish or take a stroll between Metro-North train tracks and the Hudson shoreline."[4]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with four other Metro-North Railroad stations, received a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories, and maps.[5] The renovations at Riverdale station cost $9.5 million and were completed by the end of September 2018.[6]:62

M Mezzanine Crossover between tracks
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Track 4      Hudson Line toward Grand Central (Spuyten Duyvil)
Track 2      Hudson Line express trains do not stop here
     Empire Corridor trains do not stop here
Track 1      Empire Corridor trains do not stop here →
     Hudson Line express trains do not stop here →
Track 3      Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon or Poughkeepsie (Ludlow)
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Street level Exit/entrance


  1. ^ a b "'Suspicious' Blaze Wrecks Station" (PDF). The Riverdale Press. June 24, 1982. p. 2. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Hudson Line". New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Lueck, Thomas J. (December 5, 2006). "On a Sliver of the Bronx, a Waterfront Respite". New York Times. p. B.2. Retrieved July 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "Metro-North Railroad to Make Design Improvements to Five Stations Under Enhanced Stations Initiative Program". MTA. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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