Metro-North completes $ 95 million renovation of White Plains station
A $ 95 million renovation of White Plains station has been completed, including new equipment such as Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity and USB chargers on the benches, officials said Monday.
Digital screens have been added to the platforms to provide access to train information. The newly installed ticket machines aim to make the station more user-friendly.
The project refurbished the main station entrance on Station Square, Main Street entrance, Hamilton Avenue entrance, and Mott Street tunnel. The station has been renovated with a modern aesthetic, including updated signage, glazed entrances, an enlarged main lobby, improved lighting, and an upgraded HVAC system.
Side and island platforms have been extended to increase capacity as more commuters return to the Metro-North system, officials said.
“Upgrading our transportation hubs to meet the demands of the 21st century is fueling the economic return we need today and will help keep New York’s economy competitive in the future,” said the Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement. “The renovated White Plains station is a great example of this commitment and with these upgrades now complete, commuters and visitors alike will have access to a safer, world-class travel experience. “
Janno Lieber, acting chairman and CEO of the MTA, said White Plains is the third-largest metro-north station that served thousands of commuters on an average weekday before the pandemic.
A new elevator compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act is also installed.
Quemuel Arroyo, MTA’s accessibility manager, said: “A central priority of this renovation was to improve accessibility. For wheelchair users like me, seniors with limited mobility, parents with children in strollers and many more, getting around can be difficult, but not in White Plains. This should serve as a template for all MTA stations. “
The project, which started in 2018, included:
- Build new stairs with an automatic system to melt snow and ice as it falls. Teams also installed platform canopies with wooden ceilings and LED lighting to match the aesthetic of the main hall.
- The waiting room on the island platform has been renovated with more space, glass enclosures with new interior station wall panels, a wooden ceiling and light fixtures.
- The ticket office, toilets and concession areas have also been renovated to adapt to the new atmosphere of the station. Digital screens have been installed in addition to better heating and air conditioning control so commuters can comfortably wait for their train, the statement said.
The renovations also include new mosaic and laminated glass artwork by artist Barbara Takenaga.
Michael P. Mckinney is a news reporter for the Journal News, the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Middletown Times Herald-Record.