by Terrapin Station
Yankee stadium station gets Metro-North nod
By: Catherine Tymkiw
Published: May 21, 2007 - 11:40 am
Plans to build a new Metro-North station at the new Yankee stadium crossed the final hurdle after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad committee inked a definitive deal with the city.
Under the agreement, the MTA will foot $52 million of the $91 million project. The city will contribute the remaining $39 million for the new station, which is expected to handle up to 10,000 people during Yankee home games.
The MTA said its portion would be funded from its capital program ($44 million), higher than anticipated income from the program ($4 million) and Legislative earmarks ($4 million) from Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, Assemblyman Jose Rivera and Congressman Jose Serrano.
The city and the MTA have agreed for some time to share the costs of building a new station near the new stadium but details had never been hammered out. With Monday’s deal, the new station is on track to open by the second quarter of 2009.
That’s good news for fans, especially those who have drive or trek all the way into Manhattan to catch the subway back because of the lack of a commuter rail station near the stadium, or drive.
The MTA will foot the bill for building the station, ticket facilities and a customer information system, as well as picking up half the cost of the mezzanine. The city will pay for the overpass and the other half of the mezzanine. The station will be located on Metro-North’s Hudson Line south of the Morris Heights station but the MTA said it anticipates providing game day service on all three lines.
A design-build contract has been signed with CCA Civil Inc/Halmar International and a construction management contract was signed with DMJM Harris Inc.
The MTA is expected to give its final OK at its board meeting on Wednesday.