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New Rochelle
Two M8s at New Rochelle Metro-North Station.jpg
Two Metro-North M8's arrive at New Rochelle station in both directions in September 2015.
Location 1 Railroad Plaza, New Rochelle, New York
Coordinates 40°54′42″N 73°47′02″W / 40.911599°N 73.783815°W / 40.911599; -73.783815
Owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Line(s) Northeast Corridor
Platforms 1 side platform
1 island platform
Tracks 4
Connections Bus transport Bee-Line Bus System: (see New Rochelle Transit Center below)
Construction
Platform levels 2
Parking 1,585 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NRO (Amtrak)
Fare zone 12 (Metro-North)
History
Opened December 25, 1848
Rebuilt 1887, 1991
Electrified 12.5 kV AC overhead catenary
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1.045 million Steady 0% (Metro-North)
Passengers (2018) 6,112 (daily) (Metro-North)
Rank 6 of 124 (MetroNorth)
Passengers (2017) 91,416 Increase 0.39% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
New York
toward Norfolk, Newport News or Roanoke
Northeast Regional Stamford
toward Boston South or Springfield
     Vermonter does not stop here
     Acela does not stop here
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Following station
Pelham New Haven Line Larchmont
towards Stamford
Former services
Preceding station New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Following station
Pelham
toward New York
Main Line Larchmont Manor
toward New Haven
New Rochelle Railroad Station
Location Between North Avenue and Memorial Highway
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Built 1877
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP reference No. 09000837
Added to NRHP October 14, 2009

The New Rochelle station is a Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak train station located in New Rochelle, New York. The station serves Metro-North's New Haven Line and Amtrak's Northeast Regional; Bee-Line Bus System buses serve a bus stop just outside the station. As of August 2006, weekday commuter ridership was 4,020, and there are 1,381 parking spots. It is the busiest New Haven Line station in Westchester County.

On October 14, 2009, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The NRHP listing is limited to the historic station building and just the land underneath its roofline, as the pedestrian bridge elevators, track and other associated structure is all much newer and lack historical merit. The building was built in 1887 for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. The architect of the building is unknown; it was built by George O. Hawes, a local builder. The building was remodeled in 1931.

History

NewRochelleTicketBook
Early New Rochelle ticket book

On December 25, 1848 the first train steamed through New Rochelle, part of the New York and New Haven Railroad built in the early 1840s. At the time, New Rochelle was the final railroad station before entering New York City. A fatal head-on collision in New Rochelle in 1851 led to the construction of a second track in 1853. By 1869, six trains traveled between the two cities daily. NY&NH was consolidated into the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad a year later. In 1873, the railroad acquired the Harlem River and Port Chester Railroad and linked it to the station. In 1884, the railroad drew up plans for its present brick structure which was constructed in 1887 to replace the original Gothic Revival structure that had stood just northeast of what is now North Avenue.

The 1½ story station is built of brick and has a gabled roof punctuated by a series of hipped dormers. A centered hexagonal dormer projects away from the building to allow views along the tracks. Its eaves overhang beyond the exterior walls of the building, and is supported by unadorned wood brackets. The interior of the 3,670 square feet (341 m2) still retains many original features. By the start of the 20th century, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad had five tracks through New Rochelle. The population had surged to 15,000 inhabitants. A roundhouse for steam engines, tracks for passenger cars and a large freightyard near Cedar Street was built.

Over the years, New Rochelle became one of the busiest stations on the line. As it developed into a commuter town, local travel increased even more. The city obtained national fame in 1906 when George M. Cohan wrote the song entitled "Forty-five Minutes from Broadway". The average 36-minute train ride and 10-minute walk from Grand Central to Broadway places the station about 45 minutes away.

As with all New Haven Line stations in Westchester County, the station became a Penn Central station upon acquisition by Penn Central in 1969, and eventually became part of the MTA's Metro-North Railroad. On October 25, 1987, New Rochelle became eastern Westchester County's Amtrak station, replacing Rye, which served as the county's eastern Amtrak station since 1972. The station was fully renovated in 1990, and careful attention was placed on restoring it to its original historical accuracy. The waiting room is reflective of New Haven line stations, with plaster walls, a wood ceiling and wood wainscot sheathing. The original floor was probably wood, but was replaced sometime in the 1930s with Terrazzo. There are wood moldings around the doors, and crown moldings enhance the perimeter at the ceiling line.

Intermodal Transportation Center

An increase in Metro North and Amtrak ridership late in the 20th century caused a demand for additional parking. In 1994, the city launched a plan to create a transportation center, including a parking structure with bus and taxi connections. The parking garage has a capacity in excess of 900 cars, which is two and a half times the on-site parking capacity prior to its construction. On the ground level of the structure is a bus terminal, complete with a waiting area and ticket office. The center was designed to be home to long-distance bus carriers such as the Trailways Transportation System, however they have since moved out of the Center, back to a stop on 2 blocks away on Main Street. Routes on the Westchester Bee-Line are still served here. Several taxi companies operate from the structure, and Connecticut Limousine provides service to regional airports. The center was completed in 2001 and is in active use. The old station and the new transportation center have been blended together to meet the needs of the growing commuter population while at the same time preserving historical and architectural integrity of the 1887 station house.

Station layout

The station has two high-level platforms. The north one is a nine-car-long side platform and the south one is an 8-car long island platform.

G Street level Exit/entrance and parking
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
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Track 2      {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} express trains do not stop here →
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     {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} toward Norfolk, Newport News or Roanoke (New York–Penn Station)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 4      {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} toward Stamford (Larchmont)
     {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} toward Boston or Springfield (Stamford)
     {{{{{system}}} lines|{{{line}}}}} , Acela Express do not stop here →

Bus list

See also: List of bus routes in Westchester County, New York

The following bus routes serve the New Rochelle Transit Center area; the 60 local buses stop on Main Street and Church Street eastbound, and Huguenot Street and North Street westbound, south of the station.

Route Stop location Terminal(s) Via Notes
Bee-Line Bus
7
Platform C to Yonkers
Getty Square

Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers Avenue, Lincoln Avenue
30
Platform B to Yonkers
Getty Square

Riverdale Avenue
Palmer Road, Pondfield Road, Webster Avenue No Sunday service.
42
Platform B to Wakefield, Bronx
233rd Street and White Plains Road
at 233rd Street ( 2   5  trains)
West First Street, Pelhamdale Avenue
  • Weekend and evening service ends at 241st Street instead of 233rd Street.
  • The last PM trip to the Bronx operates via Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.
45
Platform D Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Bruckner Boulevard
at Pelham Bay Park ( 6   <6>  trains)
Eastchester
Mill Road and White Plains Road
Pelham Road, North Avenue
  • Most trips loop through downtown New Rochelle.
  • Open-door in the Bronx.
45Q
Platform D New Rochelle
Main Street and Church Avenue
New Rochelle
Pine Brook Boulevard and Stratton Road
(Top of the Ridge)
North Avenue, Pine Brook Boulevard
61
Platform D Fordham Plaza Bus Terminal
at East 189th Street and Third Avenue (southbound
or Fordham Road and Third Avenue (northbound)
Port Chester Boston Post Road, Fifth Avenue, Halstead Avenue U-Turns at NY-CT line
62
Platform D Fordham, Bronx
(at Tiebout Avenue and Fordham Road
near Fordham Road ( B   D  trains)
White Plains TransCenter Boston Post Road, New England Thruway, Westchester Avenue Express to White Plains
66
Platform C to Dobbs Ferry at
either Dobbs Ferry railroad station
or Mercy College
Ashford Avenue, Ardsley Road, Weaver Street, Palmer Avenue
  • Weekday service only.
  • Some rush hour service originates/terminates at Dobbs Ferry railroad station instead of Mercy College.
91
Platform C Yonkers
Yonkers station
Rye Playland Yonkers Avenue, South Fulton Avenue, Sandford Boulevard, Pelhamdale Avenue, Boston Post Road, New England Thruway
  • Limited-stop service, Nonstop from New Rochelle to Playland.


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