The MNRCC gets briefing on MNR capital plan



MNR's Harrison station on the New Haven line

MNR’s Harrison station on the New Haven line

At the August 20, 2009 meeting of the MNRCC, John Kennard — Director of Long Range Capital Planning for Metro-North Railroad — made a presentation on the components of the Railroad’s 2010-2014 proposed capital plan.  The Core Capital Program builds upon previous programs’ past investments and aims to advance rolling stock, station facilities, and right-of-way infrastructure to a “state of good repair”.   He noted that a third of the $1.839 billion budget is devoted to Track and Structures ($346 million), Communications and Signals ($140 million) and Power Improvements ($127 million).

There will be rehabilitation of New Haven line stations: Mt. Vernon East, Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and Harrison.  The Harlem line will also see station rehabilitation from Botanical Garden to Tuckahoe.  The Fordham station northbound platform will be widened to allow better station circulation and access, and the ongoing restoration of the historic Poughkeepsie station will continue.

The biggest ticket item is Shops and Yards at $449 million.  This effort includes the design/build construction of a new Harmon Yard Support Shop building (for trouble shooting fleet components) at $300 million.  Other work includes the expansion of the Wassaic and Port Jervis Yards to support ridership growth.

The detailed MNR 2010-2014 Capital Plan can be found on the MTA website.