This spring, a new Metro-North train station will make Yankee Stadium a simple train ride and transfer away for Elm City residents.
Though the Bronx’s new station — set to open in the spring of 2009 on the Hudson line — will not provide passengers a direct route from New Haven to Yankee Stadium during the day, later afternoon and night trains will travel directly between the cities. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority — the organization responsible for public transportation across the Tri-State area — is footing most of the bill with New York City covering the rest.
Though the return trip is simple, getting to Yankee Stadium will add an extra step: Fans will have to stop at 125th Street station and then take a shuttle train. But, Marjorie Anders, spokesman for Metro-North, said this was a non-issue, citing the added benefits of the new station.
“This [process] shouldn’t take more than ten minutes, maybe even five minutes,” she said. “You don’t have to park. You don’t have to pay any tolls. You’ll have a one-seat ride on the way home.”
Still, news of the new station excited many students, including Andrew Czaja ’12.
“I definitely think I would want to go to more games if there was a Metro-North station at the stadium,” said Czaja.
Metro-North Railroad officials have organized a public hearing Nov. 17 in order to establish train fares. The railroad plans to propose a new type of “via” fare that would make effectively make the trip cheaper.
Rob Morse ’12 said this was an encouraging step.
“It shows the Yankees are opening up to the rest of the state or region and perhaps moving a bit out of the city in terms of fan base,” he said.
After the new station opens, Metro-North expects up to 10,000 passengers on game days, Anders said, though she noted that the station was not being built for the explicit purpose of getting fans to the baseball stadium. In addition to serving Yankee fans from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the station will also be open for normal use by Bronx residents every day of the week.
The station will have a 10,000-square-foot covered mezzanine, a 450-foot overpass and two 10-car platforms.