Station Now Fully Accessible and Given Modern Feel with Updated Platform Design Including New Artwork Inspired by History of Port Jervis
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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a project that has transformed the Port Jervis station, making it fully accessible and giving it a more modern feel, as customers continue their return to the railroad. The top-to-bottom transformation at the West of Hudson terminus station included the construction of a one-car length high-level platform, a concrete ramp leading from the parking lot to the platform, and a new sidewalk.
"Our commuter rail is what keeps the metropolitan region's economy moving forward, which is why we continue to invest in modernizing and expanding the system," Governor Hochul said. "Upgrading our stations like Port Jervis will allow us to continue our comeback from the pandemic and to stay economically competitive in the long term."
Improvements were also made to the existing parking lot to allow easier access onto the platform. The platform canopy was remodeled with a modern wooden ceiling and with sleek station signage. Other upgrades include new benches with USB ports, new LCD kiosk and security cameras to enhance safety at the station.
Additionally, a brand new glass-enclosed passenger shelter was built on the platform, and includes artwork commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, and inspired by Port Jervis' rich history. The artwork titled Boat House Buggy was carefully curated by illustrator and graphic artist, Armando Veve and fabricated by Tom Patti Design. Veve's artwork is the culmination of in-depth research about Port Jervis and showcases prominent symbols, objects, architectural forms, and industries of the city's history. The glass menagerie of natural and mechanical scenes serve as a vibrant entrance to the station and point of inspiration for visitors and the Port Jervis community.
"Providing the best possible commuting experience will steer more Orange County residents towards taking the railroad into New York City," said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. "From the accessibility upgrades to the thoughtful artwork that captures the history of the city, Port Jervis customers now have a station that will proudly serve them for decades to come."
"Port Jervis customers returning to their commute can look forward to using a more accessible and inclusive station, which can also attract new customers to our system," said Quemuel Arroyo, MTA Chief Accessibility Officer. "Ensuring we meet the needs of all our customers is a core goal at the MTA and every accessible station we bring online is a step in that direction."
"Arts & Design is excited to present Boat House Buggy to Port Jervis, a city that embraces its rich history," said Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design. "The artwork is vibrant and incredibly detailed. The in-depth research about Port Jervis by Veve morphed into the exquisite drawings, depicting the past and present of the City, and hopefully will inspire generations to come."
The project's completion now makes the station ADA-compliant and gives Port Jervis customers a modernized station. The new ramp is complemented by a newly constructed one-car length high-level platform, allowing seamless access from the station parking lot, onto the platform and onto the train.
Prior to the pandemic, the Port Jervis station served approximately 200 passengers on an average weekday, 150 on an average Saturday and 230 on an average Sunday. Recently, ridership has climbed back up from the depths of the pandemic to approximately 35 to 40 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, "I want to thank the MTA for its diligent work in completing the important work to improve the Port Jervis Station. These upgrades will improve accessibility for residents, including those with disabilities, and enhance travel for commuters and visitors. This is an exciting opportunity for Port Jervis and will make the city even more accessible for travelers from throughout the region."
Port Jervis Mayor Kelly B. Decker said, "It is with sheer excitement to see the Metro-North Railroad Station in Port Jervis re-open. This state of the art facility, the only one located west of the Hudson, is not only eye catching but more importantly fully handicapped accessible. An investment like this shows the long term commitment by Metro-North to continue servicing this line to our great city. The new station even has its own personal touch with art that was created for our city. On behalf of the people of the City of Port Jervis we 'Thank' Metro-North and others who were able to get this project completed."
Senator Michael Martucci said, "The Port Jervis Line is key to the freedom of movement of families and working people in my district. This investment at Port Jervis Station will improve safety and service for all customers, including those with disabilities, and I thank Metro-North for their continued commitment to our region's transportation infrastructure."
Assemblymember Karl Brabenec said, "After years of hard work, it's exciting to see what we were able to accomplish for the Port Jarvis station. Throughout the process, I worked alongside community members from all political persuasions and walks of life to keep this project to better our community moving forward. That is what good government is all about. The new high-level platform to help with boarding, updated ramp for handicapped passengers, and the beautifully designed canopy and passenger shelter are testaments to what we can accomplish when the government works for the people."