At a Greenburgh Town Board work session on Nov. 19, the Metropolitan Transit Authority presented a plan for installing two elevators at the Hartsdale train station.
The plan is divided into two phases, with the first phase focusing on the construction of the two elevators, the elevator machine rooms, new sidewalks and curb cuts near the elevators, power upgrades at the inbound side of the station and various new amenities for the overpass.
“There will also be some new amenities in the overpass such as benches, counters with USB outlets and we will replace the heaters and put [in] new LED lighting,” said Ziona Rubin, the assistant vice president of facilities and special projects for Metro-North Railroad.
The designs for Phase 1 of the project have been completed. According to Rubin, the MTA plans to advertise for contractor bids “within the next few weeks” and the MTA assumes the bid process itself would take a few months. Rubin said the MTA anticipates the bid award would be announced sometime in the second quarter of 2020.
Construction would take 20 months and wrap up by the end of 2021.
Phase 2 of the capital plan would take place between 2020 and 2024 and include replacing the station’s platforms with heated platforms, new canopies, public address system, customer information displays, security cameras and platform benches, help points and heated shelters.
Because of the construction of the elevator, three parking spots on the inbound side and five parking spots on the outbound side will be permanently removed. An additional three parking spots will be removed from the inbound side when the new boiler room is constructed for the heated platforms in Phase 2 of the project.
Chairperson for the Hartsdale Parking District Barbara Groden asked the board where the taxis would relocate, since they currently wait where the MTA plans to have the construction’s staging area.
Garrett Duquesne, the commissioner of community development and conservation, said the town clerk was collecting the taxi licenses in order to set up a meeting with drivers and town officials on how to manage the taxis during construction.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner asked the MTA representatives if any residents would be impacted by the noise from construction.
Rubin said there would be some loud construction during the project but the contractor wouldn’t be working at night.
“We’ll try to minimize as much of the noise during the evening,” said Mark Mannix, the senior director of corporate and public affairs for Metro-North Railroad. “As you know with every construction project it’s a challenge, but we’re going to try.”