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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

February 19, 1999


County Executive and MTA Announces New Hamburg Train Station Expansion

New Hamburg, NY - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, together with MTA officials, announces the ground breaking for the parking lot expansion and the creation of a new exit road at the New Hamburg Train Station in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The creation of a new exit road will allow commuters to exit the train station onto New Hamburg Road, while the parking lot expansion will mean an additional 180 parking spaces.

"This is the realization of two years of planning and hard work by local public officials, members of the MTA, Metro-North and our County Planning Department" said County Executive Steinhaus. "I especially want to acknowledge the advocacy of our citizen MTA Board representative, Jim Sedore, as well as County Legislator Roger Higgins who has championed this issue. This expansion will greatly assist the hamlet in handling the 700 cars which descend upon the New Hamburg station on a daily basis."

This project is combined with the parking lot expansion at the Cold Spring Train Station. Metro North estimates the combined cost of both projects to be $3.7 million. Construction has just commenced and should be completed by year end. Due to the nature of the construction, which will take place in the far southern comer of the parking lot, it will not cause any disruptions for commuters.

According to Metro North, the ridership from the New Hamburg station has continually grown and now the average weekday ridership is 929. "With ridership continuing to escalate at this station, it is important this project be a priority," said Steinhaus. "Providing added parking capacity while making a more efficient flow of traffic will achieve my goal of lessening the negative impact on the homeowners around the station area.  We are committed to building our mass transit infrastructure but we also want to be sure we protect our residential areas in the hamlet community."

Local Legislator Roger Higgins added, I concur with the County Executive, this new exit route will protect homeowners who reside near the present exit from the increasing noise and traffic."

"Today's expansion is part of a long range plan by Metro-North to expand parking facilities along the Hudson Line," said James Sedore, the Dutchess County MTA Citizen Board Member. "Future plans include adding more parking to Beacon and a parking deck to Poughkeepsie."

The construction will be completed by a local firm, Sun-Up Construction, from the Town of Wappinger. Other elements of the expansion project will include reconfiguring the existing parking lot, enhancement and expansion of the drainage system, repairing and restriping the existing pavement and new signage, lighting and landscaping.



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