For my readers who depend on the MTA Metro-North Railroad, it comes as no surprise to you when I say it is one of the busiest stations in the system, especially in terms of reverse commuting. Anyone who has had to catch a train there can attest to how dangerously crowded it can become.
Thankfully the crowding issue will be resolved as soon as possible due the Metro-North’s project to expand the station. Here are the details courtesy of a report in the Mid-Hudson News:
Metro-North Railroad plans to buy a strip of land from Fordham University in order to widen and improve the outbound platform at the Fordham Station, where each morning, almost 6,000 people board northbound trains to get to jobs in Westchester and Connecticut.
After Harlem-125th Street, Fordham is the busiest station for reverse commutation, that is for people going north in the morning peak instead of into Manhattan. Over all, Fordham is Metro-North’s third busiest outlying station, after Stamford and White Plains.
“The current outbound platform is narrow and gets crowded during the AM rush,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “This purchase will enable the railroad to improve conditions for its Fordham customers.”
The property became available when Fordham built new dormitories and a retaining wall near the platform. The wall created a strip of inaccessible land at the platform level but below the level of the surrounding campus.
The total project cost is $14 million, including the purchase of the 7,128 square-foot parcel for $392,040.
I look forward to this project being done as the crowding can get out of hand. I have been at this station on a number of occasions & found it to be a safety hazard.
xoxo Transit Blogger