When Metro-North and the City of New York broke ground on a new Metro-North stop just a few blocks away from new Yankee Stadium, the station was set to cost $91 million and open in June of 2009.
Somehow, the project is both on budget and early. The stop will open on May 23, and the price tag remains a cool $91 million — or enough to pay A-Rod for three years.
On its website yesterday, Metro-North unveiled ticket information about the new station. Patrons bound for or leaving from the Yankees-E. 153rd St. Metro-North stop can buy tickets starting May 1.
On a regular basis, this stop will be a part of Metro-North’s Hudson Line with game-day train service “to and from outlying stations on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, as well as Harlem-125th Street Station and Grand Central Terminal.” The MTA is estimating that around 10,000 fans per game will pass through this new stop, cutting down on the number of cars at Yankee Stadium and the crowds on the 4 train as well.
“There’ll be frequent service. It’ll be fast,” Metro-North President Howard Permut said during a recent tour of the new station. “You don’t have to worry about any of the hassles or any of the concerns: ‘There may be traffic, I have to leave a half-hour early.’ You will get here when the train says you are getting here.”
In January, the MTA unveiled the fare schedule for this new stop with its fully ADA-compliant 450-foot platform. Game-day tickets will cost just one dollar more than the usual fare to Grand Central, and this stop should serve a neighborhood devoid of commuter rail options as well.