MTA Awarded Nearly $20 Million to Upgrade Metro-North Grade Crossings, Make Other Safety Improvements

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that Metro-North Railroad will receive a $19.7 million federal grant to provide critical safety improvements to nine grade crossings on the Metro-North’s Harlem Line. The grant was part of $40 million provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration this month.

The financial assistance will improve safety at nine crossings along the Harlem Line in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam Counties by upgrading or replacing existing at-grade crossing warning systems and reconstructing the railroad crossings structures and approaches that are currently in place. The MTA and MetroNorth will work in tandem with the New York State Department of Transportation to implement the work.

The full list of locations that are set to receive the upgrades appear below:

  • Virginia Road in North White Plains
  • Ellen Avenue in Brewster
  • Corbin Road in Pawling
  • Appalachian Trail in Pawling
  • Old Pawling Road in Pawling
  • Wheeler Road in Wingdale
  • Dover Furnace Road in Dover
  • Mill Street in Dover Plains
  • Dover Plains Station pedestrian crossing in Dover Plains

This work follows a October 2020 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration that awarded the New York State Department of Transportation, the MTA and Metro-North $2.5 million to upgrade the railroad crossing at Hudson Avenue in Peekskill on Metro-North’s Hudson Line. 

The grade crossing upgrades will complement the safety enhancements Metro-North is already undertaking under its robust Way Ahead plan. In 2020 Metro-North replaced six grade crossings pads and installed delineators at 30 crossings.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: January 27, 2021