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The White Plains station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line, located in White Plains, New York. It is 22.3 miles (35.9 km) from Grand Central Terminal, and the average travel time varies between 33 and 51 minutes (depending on if a train is express or local). With 9,166 daily commuters as of 2006,[2] White Plains is the busiest Metro-North station in Westchester County, the busiest non-terminal or transfer station on the Metro-North system, and the first/last stop outside New York City on most upper Harlem Line express trains.

White Plains
Train Station in the City of White Plains closeup.jpg
View of White Plains station from platform
Location16 Ferris Avenue
White Plains, New York, 10601
Coordinates41°02′02″N 73°46′29″W / 41.0338°N 73.7747°W / 41.0338; -73.7747Coordinates: 41°02′02″N 73°46′29″W / 41.0338°N 73.7747°W / 41.0338; -73.7747
Platforms1 island platform
1 side platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit White Plains TransCenter
Construction
Parking1,226 spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
Opened1844 (NY&H)
Rebuilt1914 (NYC)[1], 1987 (MNRR)
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2007)2.801 Million Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Hartsdale Harlem Line North White Plains
towards Wassaic
Former services
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
Hartsdale
toward New York
Harlem Division North White Plains
toward Chatham

Though it is not a terminal station, White Plains is one of the key stations on the Harlem Line. Its downtown White Plains location is not far from many businesses and office buildings making it very convenient to commuters and making it a stop for all off-peak trains and most peak trains regardless of terminal location. A short walk from the station is the White Plains TransCenter, a terminal/transfer point for many Bee-Line buses as well as intercity buses (Greyhound Lines, Leprechaun Lines, Short Line Bus, and Trailways of New York) and Connecticut Transit's I-Bus to Stamford, Connecticut.

Pace University's Graduate Center is located across the street from the White Plains station, while Pace Law School's 12-acre (49,000 m2) campus lies several blocks away on North Broadway. Mercy College, Berkeley College, as well as The College of Westchester are also located within walking distance of the station. The Westchester campus of Fordham University, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) away, is served by this station.

This station is located in the Zone 4 Metro-North fare zone.

HistoryEdit

Rail service in White Plains can be traced as far back as December 1, 1844[3] with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad, which became part of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864 and was eventually taken over by the New York Central Railroad. As an NYC station, it originally served both commuter trains in the New York Tri-State Area and long distance trains toward Albany, New York and Boston, Massachusetts, via Chatham, New York. As with most of the Harlem Line, the merger of New York Central with Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968 transformed the station into a Penn Central Railroad station. Penn Central's continuous financial despair throughout the 1970s forced them to turn over their commuter service to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority which made it part of Metro-North in 1983.

The current station house was built in 1987[4] as a replacement for the previous Warren & Wetmore-built depot originally built in 1914 for the NYC, razed in September 1983.[1] The former was similar to that of the current Poughkeepsie station on the Hudson Line, and continued to operate through the reconstruction.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with four other Metro-North Railroad stations, would receive a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories, and maps.[5] The renovations at White Plains station will cost $91.3 million and will be completed by the end of December 2020.[6]:62 The three-phase renovation will improve the exterior, interior, platforms, restrooms, and bridges,[7][8] and thus, costs much more than the renovations at the four other Metro-North stations.[6]:62

Station layoutEdit

This station has two high-level platforms each 10 cars long,[9]:11 but due to renovations, only six cars can open. The eastern platform is a side platform used only to discharge passengers.

P
Platform level
Track 2      Harlem Line toward Grand Central (Hartsdale)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right  
Track 1      Harlem Line toward North White Plains, Southeast or Wassaic (North White Plains)
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
G Street level Exit/entrance, station house, White Plains TransCenter

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "White Plains Train Station Slated for Wrecking Ball". The Yonkers Herald Statesmen. September 11, 1983. p. 5. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. ^ New York Times 2006 Metro-North commuter rail info
  3. ^ Grogan, Louis V. (1989). The Coming of the New York and Harlem Railroad. Self-Published. p. 14. ISBN 0-962120- 65-0.
  4. ^ "White Plains Opens New Train Station Tomorrow," by James Feron (New York Times; January 25, 1987)
  5. ^ "Metro-North Railroad to Make Design Improvements to Five Stations Under Enhanced Stations Initiative Program". MTA. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ a b "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Aiello, Tony (April 3, 2018). "'A Lot Of TLC': White Plains Metro-North Station Getting Sleek $92M Upgrade". CBS 2 New York. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Liebson, Richard (April 2, 2018). "Work underway on $92M renovation of White Plains train station". lohud. USA Today Network. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  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.

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