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MTA Gives Cortlandt Train Station Planning Award

A Westchester group recently awarded the new Cortlandt Train Station for its planning improvements.
A Westchester group recently awarded the new Cortlandt Train Station for its planning improvements. Photo Credit: File

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- A County planning group recently honored the Cortlandt Train Station as "a model" for Metro-North stations.

Cortlandt Station, which opened last year, and the Town of Cortlandt received a Planning Achievement Award by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation in its annual competition, according to a press release. The WMPF noted that the station's design solved many problems including access to the station and parking expansion with minimal disturbances to the environment, according to the release.

The station design solved several problems: how to improve roadway access to the station, how to make the train accessible to those visiting the Veteran’s Administration Hospital on the west side of the tracks, and how to expand parking with minimal disturbance to the environment.

"This was a good partnership between Metro-North and the Town of Cortlandt that did a lot of good things in one project,” said John Tegeder, Director-at-Large of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, in the release. “The jury also appreciates the architecture of the station and hopes it becomes a model for other Metro-North stations. And from a practical perspective, it made the station much more convenient to reach.”

The new facility met many goals, including the expansion of the parking, a new entrance and safe crosswalks and sidewalks, said Metro-North President Howard Permut in the release.

“We accomplished many goals with this project: access for the disabled, more parking, environmental improvements, traffic safety and better connectivity to the VA hospital,” Permut said in the release. “It could not have been done without the cooperation of many partners, especially the Town of Cortlandt.”

Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she was thankful for the award.

"I am very excited that Metro-North has received the prestigious Westchester Planning Federation Award this year and we were proud to submit the application to the Federation on their behalf,” Puglisi said in the release. "The Cortlandt Train Station, which had two phases and was completed in February 2012, provides improved commuter opportunities for our many commuters in Cortlandt, for those using the trains for all purposes and for Veterans and VA employees who can now easily walk from the train station to the FDR VA.  It’s a tremendous asset for our Cortlandt community and congratulations to Metro-North.”

The award was presented at the Federation’s annual awards dinner on June 6 in Tarrytown.

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