WATCH: Upgrades to Metro-North Repair and Support Shops Completed

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of governor.ny.gov

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Project upgrades to a maintenance and operations hub at Croton-on-Hudson in New York have finished.

The site was inherited by Metro-North in 1983, and at the time, the site’s ability to function as a maintenance site was inadequate. Starting in 2001, the project utilized state and federal funding to make upgrades. These include equipping the facility with “a dozen car-hoists, four pedestal tracks, and multiple door level and roof level platforms to assist in the preventive maintenance.” According to the release, the second floor was designed to create a better and more streamlined distribution process through the integration of a service corridor between three buildings. 

MTA Metro-North described the project’s five phases over the past 23 years:

  • Phase 1: Crews worked to build service tracks and a new employee overpass. They provided wayside power to a yard to reduce the number of idling engines in the yard.
  • Phase 2: Crews made modifications to a Material Distribution Center and built Communication & MoW buildings.
  • Phase 3: Crews built a Coach Shop, a Locomotive Shop, and a Wheel True Facility. This facility has a Tandem Underfloor Wheel Lathe that will maintain Metro-North’s M-7 self-propelled electric railcar fleet.
  • Phase 4: Crews made repairs on a multi-purpose building. This occurred mostly on the western section of the building that remained operational during construction. Crews also worked on constructing a Wheel Storage Canopy in the north yard.
  • Phase 5: Crews replaced the multi-purpose building in two stages. According to the release, the first stage provided the construction of a new double-ended Consist Shop with two tracks each ten cars long. The second stage included constructing EMU Running Repair and Support shops.

Below is video footage of the Metro-North Railroad Harmon Yard improvements.

Courtesy of MTA Metro-North

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the new 400,000 square foot facility will be able to meet future train and maintenance needs. Governor Hochul said the announcement “builds on our commitment to ensuring our transit systems remain safe, effective, and rider-friendly. . . These upgrades are investments for the railroad to operate reliably for the public, with trains arriving on time and with enough cars to carry all the passengers who want to ride.”

MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “Metro-North service has never been better – 99% on time performance so far this year. A big reason is the way our car fleet is being maintained and repaired here at the Harmon Shop – a world class facility second to none.”

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi said, “The Harmon Yard is the heart of Metro-North’s operations, and the timing of this project completion could not be better. Metro-North is currently in the middle of an impressive streak – four straight years with an on-time performance of at least 97 percent. Now, with a completed Harmon Yard, the railroad can continue to deliver exceptional service to the tens of thousands daily riders.”

MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer said, “This is sort of long-term investment is what it takes to bring a century-old system into the modern age. Thanks to this sustained capital investment, Metro-North riders will benefit for decades to come.”

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