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Metro-North president outlines West-of-Hudson service improvements

Finally, a permanent handicapped boarding ramp at the Port Jervis station could be ready by next month

GOSHEN – Construction of a temporary ADA ramp at the Port Jervis Metro-North Railroad station should be completed by June with a permanent facility installed by the end of 2020, railroad President Kathy Rinaldi said Wednesday.

She briefed members of the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Goshen also saying a new signal system is being installed on the Port Jervis Line, which will include a Positive Train Control overlay. Positive Train Control is designed to automatically slow trains down as they approach dangerous curves to avoid accidents and derailments.

Railroad officials plan to increase the number of weekly trains from 27 to 44 and that would be accomplished by installation of three passing sidings and a mid-point yard, funding for which would hopefully be included in the 2020-2024 capital program.

The railroad is also developing plans for a Woodbury Common station, which Rinaldi said would help resolve traffic issues in that corridor. “This would be a wonderful opportunity to alleviate some of the congestion in the area. It’s a real major destination for tourists all over the world. This would build upon Governor Cuomo’s commitment to expand public-private partnerships and would do much toward expanding transit access to the Port Jervis [line].”

Citizens Foundation member and former Orange County Executive Louis Heimbach disagreed with the assessed need of a Woodbury Common station. “There are a lot better things to do with limited resources than Woodbury Common,” he said.

Heimbach noted the Harriman Metro-North station is just three miles to the south and tourists could use that facility, but he said shoppers coming north from New York City would need a three-seat ride and would not use it.

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry, which is also part of the Metro-North transportation system, has 275 daily riders on its Monday through Friday service with no plans for weekend shuttles, Rinaldi said.

 


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