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    Default Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center

    What a mouthful for a new train station, huh? Anyway, the new straight from

    PR- 098-06
    April 4, 2006


    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor George E. Pataki today announced their support to build a new Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center in the South Bronx. The Mayor and Governor have asked the MTA Board to present the plan at the April 26th Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board meeting to fund this important project in the MTA Capital Plan.

    "The redevelopment of Yankee Stadium is an exciting opportunity that will further efforts to revitalize the South Bronx," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Together with the completion of the Bronx Terminal Market Gateway Center, we will help transform the area for residents and visitors for generations to come. The construction of a new Metro-North railroad station will be a tremendous additional amenity that will create a new stop along Metro-North's Hudson Line and will provide convenient access between the new stadium, parking facilities, nearby park facilities and the Harlem River waterfront."

    "The proximity of the Hudson Line to Yankee Stadium, and to the surrounding streets, major roadways, thoroughfares and parking areas, provides an excellent opportunity to create a new Metro-North train station that will add a convenient new access alternative for Yankee Stadium and this growing Bronx neighborhood," said Governor Pataki. "I am pleased to support this important new Transportation Center that will expand mass transit infrastructure for fans, local residents and visitors. It will also improve the air quality and the overall environment for the area as well as offer critical service to New Yorkers and the region. The MTA has already funded the design of the Center and I urge Chairman Peter Kalikow and all the members of the MTA board to present a plan to fund the construction and completion of this important project."

    The new Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center will consist of two island passenger platforms and an overhead mezzanine. The existing railroad right-of-way must be widened and tracks relocated. Each platform will be long enough to accommodate a ten-car train and will have both stairway and elevator access to a large mezzanine above. The MTA 2000-04 Capital Plan included $5 million for design of this project.

    The new Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center will ease the burden on the local streets on game days by enhancing the availability of public transportation. The post-game Service Plan offered by the MTA would include 10 trains - 4 to the New Haven Line, 2 to the Harlem Line and 2 on the Hudson Line as well as 2 shuttle trains to Grand Central Terminal, providing an attractive level of service for customers.

    An overpass will span the Metro-North right-of-way, providing access from the mezzanine to Yankee Stadium and the adjacent neighborhood to the east, and to the Bronx Terminal Market Gateway Center, parking garages, ferry service and the Harlem River waterfront to the west. The mezzanine is sized to accommodate Metro-North passengers and those pedestrians seeking to cross over the tracks. The Transportation Center is sized to insure maximum reliability and service flexibility and to safely accommodate significant ridership, particularly after games.

    State Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo said, "I want to thank Governor Pataki for his initiative to support a Metro-North Station in the vicinity of Yankee Stadium. The Station will provide a great relief to our area, one in which asthma is one of the greatest problems, and alleviate traffic flow, not only during Yankee games, but year round. It is a project that has been long overdue."

    State Assemblyman Jose Rivera said, "My colleagues and I in the State legislature worked very hard with the Governor, Mayor and our friends at the City Council to allocate the funding to build the new Yankee Stadium. The new Metro-North station in the Bronx will enable millions of people to visit our great borough and our residents to travel to work. The Bronx is booming."

    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, "Building a new Metro-North station at Yankee Stadium is basic, common sense. This station will help us reduce traffic, noise and pollution -improving the quality-of-life for the community. Additionally, it will create transportation options for residents of the South Bronx and make it easier for fans to get to the game. I want to thank my colleagues from the Bronx who have been fighting for these smart investments from the very beginning of this process. Now, with a new Metro-North Station on the horizon, the City and the State are showing their strong commitment to the future of this wonderful and diverse community."

    Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. said, "I have always been committed to ensuring that the new Yankee Stadium Plan was not simply about a stadium. This is about redeveloping a neighborhood with new and improved parkland, a new Metro-North Station and a revitalized commercial district that will provide our residents with jobs and economic opportunities. The construction of a new Metro North Station near Yankee Stadium and the mall at the Bronx Terminal Market is another important milestone toward the vision plan for the entire borough. I want to thank Governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, every Bronx elected official and neighborhood resident who advocated for this. This is home run for the Bronx and the entire city."

    City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera said, "Bronxites should be proud as we take another step forward towards a massive renovation of our community. The addition of the Metro-North station will afford the opportunity for people to travel to and from 161st street without the necessity of a car, whether they are going to a Yankee game, to the New Gateway Shopping Center or to our local courts. If Howard Cosell was here, he would no longer say the 'Bronx is burning' but that the Bronx is thriving."

    City Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo said, "A Metro-North Station at Yankee Stadium will provide fans with a sound alternative to driving in for games. This coupled with a strong outreach effort by the Yankees to promote Mass Transit as an optimal means to getting to the Stadium will significantly reduce the amount of traffic coming into the community on games days."

    City Council Member Maria Baez said, "We believe that as a result of this process we have structured an agreement that will ensure the protection of the health of Bronx residents and preserve our parks while guaranteeing a historic community based agreement that will ensure direct participation for the Bronx workforce and businesses."

    The Transportation Center is a separate project from the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Civic Project. Following MTA Board action in April, the plan must be submitted to the State Capital Program Review Board for its review and approval.

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    They could probably use more than two trains to Grand Central.

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    This is an important part of the Yankee Stadium proposal, but the Yankees should be paying for some of it.

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    I could see them paying, for example, some extra shuttle trains specifically for certain games, such as the playoffs, even a shuttle bus service to carry extra passangers. However, I don't know how they could be given the bill for the station itself. All of us, potentially, would be able to use the station so it would be on all of the residents (including commuters) to help pay for it.

    But then given the MTA's track record on capital expenditures, maybe it's not a bad idea.

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    Let me put it a different way.

    Maybe the city and state should have taken a $100 million or so off the table, and used that money to pay for the station.

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    Pataki and Bloomberg Back Train Station at Stadium

    Published: April 5, 2006

    For baseball fans who live in the northern suburbs, the biggest drawback to attending games at Yankee Stadium has long been the trip home.

    To catch a train toward Westchester County or Connecticut, fans first have to ride the subway south into Manhattan because there is no commuter rail station near the stadium. Many of them choose to drive to the Bronx instead, clogging up the local streets with lines of honking cars late into the night.

    But yesterday, after decades of pleading from fans in the suburbs and community activists in the Bronx, Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to devise a plan for a new Metro-North Railroad station adjacent to the proposed site of a new stadium.

    The governor and the mayor weighed in on the eve of a City Council vote to approve the Yankees' plan to build the stadium and parking garages that would hold an additional 3,000 cars. Their support for the station could counteract critics who argued that the Yankees' plan would draw even more traffic to the South Bronx on game days, said Adolfo Carrión Jr., the Bronx borough president.

    "It will certainly be used by fans," Mr. Carrión said. But, he added, "It will have a very definite positive impact on the area."

    Mr. Carrión said the transportation agency estimated that construction of the station would cost $30 million to $40 million. But it is not clear where the money would come from.

    There are no funds in the authority's current five-year plan earmarked for a new station in the Bronx. To make room for one, the authority, which operates New York City's subways and buses as well as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, would have to shift money away from another capital project.

    In its previous five-year plan, the authority allocated $5 million for the design of a Yankee Stadium station, but a complete design was never presented to the public. In August, Representative José E. Serrano, a Democrat from the Bronx, announced that he had secured $2.4 million in federal funds for the station.

    Neither the governor, the mayor nor representatives of the authority or Metro-North would comment on the financing yesterday.

    "We will undertake a review of the project outlined by the governor and mayor and present a proposal to the M.T.A. board in the coming weeks," said Tim O'Brien, a spokesman for the authority.

    James F. Blair, a resident of Ossining, N.Y., who represents Metro-North riders on the authority's board, said the Metro-North Commuters Council had favored a station at Yankee Stadium for many years.

    "We think there is a need for it and we hope that appropriate funding can be found," he said. But, he added, "we really need to see what the trade-offs are from a capital perspective in order to judge whether or not this is a sensible thing for the M.T.A. and other agencies to support."

    Advocates of mass transit generally favor the idea of building the station, but some are wary about the details. "It's not the congestion-busting move that we would like to see, but it's a huge help," said Teresa Toro, New York City coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. "The real one-two punch would be building the station and scaling back the new parking."

    But the proposal already has suburban baseball fans dreaming of joyous train rides home after Yankee victories. "If they put in a new station, I'd probably look at season tickets again," said Kenneth Matinale of White Plains. He said he gave up his seats at Yankee Stadium after the 2000 season because "it's a pain in the neck to get down there from here."

    Mr. Matinale, a member of a league of baseball zealots who call themselves the Westchester Baseball Discussion Group, said he had stopped parking in the stadium lots almost 30 years ago because it was more convenient to park on the streets of the South Bronx. But he said his car was burglarized during a World Series game in 1999 and tickets to the next game were stolen.

    When Mr. Matinale attends Mets games at Shea Stadium, he said, he rides a Metro-North train to Grand Central, then switches to the No. 7 subway to Queens. He has even taken trains from White Plains to Philadelphia to see the Phillies play, but he said he would not consider the roundabout mass-transit trip to Yankee Stadium.

    Even though Metro-North's Hudson Line tracks pass right by Yankee Stadium, suburban fans leaving a game must ride a subway to 125th Street in Harlem or to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown to connect to Metro-North. Fans have to travel to Grand Central or 125th Street, then take the subway up to the Bronx, to get to the stadium. But the trip home is more onerous, they say, because trains are less frequent at night.

    "If you work in Midtown and somebody says, 'Hey, I've got tickets to tonight's Yankee game, want to go?' chances are you're going to say no unless that person is going to drive you home," Mr. Matinale said. "You wouldn't get home until 2 o'clock. Unless it's a Friday, that's going to be too late."

    With a station at the stadium, Metro-North could provide service directly up and down the Hudson Line before and after games. Trains on its two other main branches, the Harlem and New Haven Lines, could get to and from the new station along a short connector less than a mile south of the stadium.

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    To make room for one, the authority, which operates New York City's subways and buses as well as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, would have to shift money away from another capital project.
    No, no. Somehow that does not seem right. Money for other projects to improve the city shouldn't be taken away to build this station just to make it convenient for Westchesterians to see a baseball game. I'm sorry, but that money should be spent on improving the subways for city residents!

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    Residents of the South Bronx will benefit from this Metro North connection. It will mean one-stop service to Grand Central and brand new service and accessibility to Westchester and the jobs there. More public transportation is always better than less.

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    1. There are ways to find money for this train station. Zippy mentioned the idea of diverting the money for the parking garages to the station. I would completely scrap Parking Garages A and B (but keep Garages C and D), institute a shuttle service for playoff games (Yanks pay for this), then look into whether the stadium can go back to the current location (with taking land on the other side of Ruppert Place). I would also look into whether the city can enforce a rule that says people have to carpool if they want to use the parking spaces that would be available.

    2. As BPC mentioned, Bronx residents can also use the station to go upstate. However, there's also the Melrose station, which is on another line. I'm not sure how many locals would use it on a daily basis.

    3. Anything to get drunken fans out of their cars and onto the trains has to be a good thing.

    4. Look who shows up at Yankee games, btw? Hint: The majority of them don't look like they're Bronx residents.

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    A Yankees Station in the Bronx

    Published: April 9, 2006

    Governor George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were right to insist that a Metro-North station be included as part of the plan for a new stadium for the Yankees in the South Bronx. One big problem, though: there's no money in the budget of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build it. That made the promised station seem little more than a negotiating ploy aimed at building support for the Yankees in the City Council.

    Last week, the Yankees won an important vote in the Council that moves the stadium much closer to reality. So now it's time for the team to step up to the plate and help build the station, which could cost $40 million. Otherwise, funds will have to be diverted from other, long-delayed and more important mass transportation projects.

    The Yankees, who have already stuck taxpayers with part of the bill for new parking garages, bristle at the thought of helping with transportation costs. But that's ridiculous posturing, and shortsighted as well. A Metro-North station would be good not only for the community but the team, whose Westchester fans have to drive or take a circuitous mass transit route to get to the Bronx. The mayor, governor and City Council should insist that the Yankees do their part.

    We have already applauded the Yankees for their willingness to shell out more than $800 million to build the stadium itself. The Mets, who unveiled an Ebbets Field-inspired design for a new field of their own last week, deserve similar praise for agreeing to pay some $700 million. Financially, the two New York teams have not asked for the sort of free ride at taxpayer expense that has been commonplace elsewhere. But New York is not any other city. A stadium here is guaranteed to be wildly lucrative for the host team. And the city and state have been generous. The Mets will get at least $165 million in public assistance for infrastructure and other costs. The Yankees — whose deal is more complicated because they would consume land in two public parks — will receive at least $200 million in taxpayer help, not counting the train station.

    On top of that, both teams want help through tax-exempt bonds and tax-alternative payments that could save each club tens of millions.

    The Yankees worked hard to win over Bronx officials with a community benefits agreement. Some of it is the stuff of bread and circuses: 15,000 free tickets for distribution every season (hopefully not just to the well-connected). And some of it is real, including $1 million for job training and hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual community grants.

    The Yankees also promise to spend $8 million on improving local parks, which should partly compensate for the green space the stadium will take away. On the whole, the agreement is a good start toward restitution for the many years in which the team, the richest sports franchise in the land, largely ignored residents of the disadvantaged South Bronx.

    The team should be similarly forthcoming on the Metro-North station. It would be in the club's interest to do so. A Metro-North station could diminish the need for expensive parking garages, and reduce air pollution and congestion, making for happier fans and healthier neighbors. On this, the Yankees should not expect a free ride.

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    Discarded Rail Link for Airport May Help Build Stadium Station

    Published: April 26, 2006

    Yesterday's subway link to La Guardia Airport could be tomorrow's train station at Yankee Stadium if the governor and the mayor get their way at today's meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

    Under orders from Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to build a Metro-North Railroad station at the Yankees' planned stadium in the Bronx, the transportation authority has dug into an old pot of money and found $40 million. The money is left over from $645 million that was set aside for the extension of the N subway line to La Guardia.

    The airport subway link, which was a pet project of Mr. Bloomberg's predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was "abandoned," said Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the authority.

    The authority spent about half the money allocated for that project to buy several private bus lines in the past year and plans to spend $70 million on a new bus depot on Staten Island.

    The authority's board is scheduled to vote today to transfer $40 million to Metro-North's capital plan for a station on the Hudson Line that would serve people traveling between the baseball stadium and Manhattan or the northern suburbs. So far, the only money that has been budgeted for the station is $5 million in Metro-North's five-year spending plan from 2000 to 2004.

    Metro-North spent less than $2 million of that money on a preliminary design of the station by DMJM Harris, a transportation construction company with headquarters in New York and Los Angeles. Yesterday, the Metro-North Railroad Committee approved the payment of an additional $2.1 million to DMJM Harris over three years for the design of the platforms and track work that would be needed at the station.

    Peter A. Cannito, the president of Metro-North, said $45 million was "a reasonable number for what needs to be done" to build the station, which would sit near the Harlem River.

    The city's Parks Department has agreed to spend $9 million to build a pedestrian overpass that would link the new stadium and the riverfront, said Warner Johnston, a spokesman for the department. He said that Metro-North could connect its station to the overpass, giving people a path to the stadium.

    City and state officials have floated the idea of a stadium station for years, with estimates of its cost varied. In the late 1980's, the transportation authority estimated that it would cost about $8 million, but a more recent estimate suggested that it could cost as much as $80 million, transit officials said.

    The proposed station would have two platforms long enough to accommodate 10-car trains on four tracks. Metro-North would provide shuttle service between the stadium and Grand Central Terminal.

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    Robbing Peter to pay Paul. This City has so many transportation needs. It is a shame to defund one worthwhile project to fund another.

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    New Yankee Stadium train station to lure suburban fans

    (Original publication: October 29, 2006)

    By opening day three years from now, the Bronx Bombers anticipate playing to a packed house in a new billion-dollar stadium.

    But fans from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties should be able to avoid pre- and post-game traffic jams by leaving their cars at their hometown train stations.

    Next spring, when the Yankees begin building their new 55,000-seat stadium, Metro-North Railroad plans to break ground on a $45 million Yankee Stadium station.

    Metro-North planners have just doubled their estimate of the number of fans who would take the train to Yankee games. After counting 10,000 riders who took the Long Island Rail Road to the National League playoff games at Shea Stadium this month, Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the railroad now anticipates 10,000 Yankee fans will hop on a Metro-North train to the team's 81 home games, too.

    The railroad is running simulation models to determine how long the ride would take and how stadium-bound trains will fit into the schedule, while preserving the quality and quantity of service commuters have come to expect at the end of the workday.

    The fastest ride to the stadium would be on the Hudson Line, Anders said, where the Yankee Stadium station will be located, so a trip from Tarrytown should take 20 minutes. Trains on the Harlem and New Haven lines would have to travel south of the stadium on their respective tracks before swinging north, so rides on those lines would take longer. Anders estimated that the ride from Port Chester or White Plains would take about 30 minutes.

    Fans are excited by the idea of avoiding the hassles of traffic and parking when they go to a game.

    "Who wouldn't take it?'' asked Michael Jimenez, 21, of Sleepy Hollow, who was wearing a Yankees cap and visiting a friend at the Yankees Clubhouse, a team memorabilia store in The Galleria in White Plains. "It can cost $20 or $25 to park, and it can take 20 minutes or an hour and a half to get home from the game."

    His friend Erlin Almonte, 24, also of Sleepy Hollow, said he sometimes leaves games early to beat the traffic when the Yankees are ahead by 10 or 15 runs, and pointed out that a train ride would let him stay and see the whole game.

    "It would be even better and more convenient, no matter how they do it," he said. "I think that's beautiful."

    Fans from the city's boroughs have long been able to take the No. 4 or D subway trains to the Yankee Stadium/161st Street stop. Suburban fans can take Metro-North to 125th Street and walk a few blocks to the subway, but that's not a popular transfer point for suburban riders. A railroad station alongside the stadium should improve the odds that non-city residents will take the train to the game.

    Here's how it will work: In the Bronx, at Woodlawn, the Harlem and New Haven lines merge and travel for seven miles south before they are joined by the Hudson Line at Mott Haven. At that junction, less than one-third of a mile southeast of the Yankee Stadium stop, there is a little-used track that allows trains from the Harlem and Hudson lines to switch over. That track is called a wye. A wye is shaped like the letter "Y," but with a curved connector between the two outstretched arms of the "Y." The railroad uses this track to reroute rescue trains, inspect tracks and redirect trains to its shops when they need repairs.

    "Our concept is to spread the tracks to put two island platforms in for 10-car-length trains," said John Kennard, the railroad's director of planning and development.

    The platforms would be served by stairs and elevators and connected to a new 24-foot-wide overpass, which the city will pay to build. Metro-North is negotiating with New York City and Related Companies of Manhattan for a new railroad right of way, Kennard said. A portion of the property the railroad needs to build the stadium station is on land owned by the state but leased to Related, which is building a shopping mall at the former Bronx Terminal Market nearby.

    Before and after each home game, Metro-North expects to run 10 trains to and from the new station, serving riders on all three lines. Regular Metro-North riders could catch their commuter train to work in the morning and take a 15-minute express train from Grand Central Terminal to Yankee Stadium for a weeknight game.

    The railroad's service plans are still being thought out, but northbound game trains might originate at Grand Central, then stop at 125th Street, where they would pick up game-bound riders heading south from Westchester, Putnam and Connecticut, Anders said. The 125th Street stop would add a minute or two to a game train's running time.

    "I think the railroad station will probably get a lot of people out of their cars," said Robert Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College. "When they build the new Yankee Stadium, that will put pressure on for new restaurants, and you'll see more people coming in because of the ability to have lunch or dinner before or after the game."

    Long a dream of railroad planners, the stadium station was endorsed by Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in April, then fast-tracked to approval by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board three weeks later. The station will be the first new one built by the railroad since the Wassaic and Ten-Mile River stations opened in July 2000.

    The MTA plans to fund the construction with $40 million that had been earmarked for a La Guardia Airport subway link, an idea Pataki abandoned in the wake of community opposition, and another $5 million previously set aside for a Yankee Stadium station design. Fans and transportation advocates said the Yankees - not the MTA and its riders - should also contribute.

    The Yankees should pay at least half of it, both Almonte and Jimenez said.

    Paaswell, the Straphangers Campaign and other transit advocates also think the MTA should not be paying the station's tab.

    "We think the Yankees should be footing the bill," said Beverly Dolinsky, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. "Here you have the richest team in baseball and the MTA is facing huge deficits and why aren't they footing the bill for this? I definitely think they should have a station there, and I've thought so for a long time, but I don't think they should be paying for it. They could be using the money for other things. They have a lot of projects they can't do because they have to space them out because they don't have the money."

    Paaswell said the Yankees ought to pay at least 25 percent of the cost, adding that the developer of adjacent land, Related, which will also benefit, should have to contribute.

    MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow, who was recently reappointed to a second six-year term by Pataki, has brushed aside any notion that the team should pick up at least part of the tab, saying, "They're quite possibly the best team in baseball ... and we're lucky to have them."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transic View Post
    The MTA plans to fund the construction with $40 million that had been earmarked for a La Guardia Airport subway link, an idea Pataki abandoned in the wake of community opposition...
    Damn community groups. Could've had a subway link to LAG for only $ 40 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Damn community groups. Could've had a subway link to LAG for only $ 40 million.
    $645 million.

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