STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The borough’s first new full-time passenger train station built in decades is just two years from reality.
Construction is set to begin on a $27.4-million MTA project that includes the Arthur Kill Station and 150-vehicle parking lot that will be placed across from the Staten Island Railway hub, officials announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning in Tottenville.
MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, joined by several elected and agency officials, said the anticipated project should be completed by the end of the 2015.
The new station will be located on the north side of Arthur Kill Road between Lion Street and Barnard Avenue; it will serve the area and replace two smaller, rusted, vandalized train hubs: Nassau and Atlantic.
“The new Arthur Kill station is the first station built for the modern commuter,” said Bianco.
The station will feature two entrances (one on Arthur Kill Road, another on Ellis Street), wheelchair-accessible ramps, an enclosed pedestrian track overpass for access, two concrete side platforms, with canopies, windscreens, benches, and surveillance cameras and customer assistance intercoms at platform off-hour waiting areas, said the MTA.
Bianco said the upcoming location is a milestone for Staten Island. The station is the first full-time passenger station built for the railway in at least 40 years. Many were constructed between 1880 and 1920 to serve specific industries, said the New York City Transit head.
Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-South Shore) fought for the project for many years.
“It’s been a long-time coming,” said a grateful Ignizio. “Everybody wanted to see it happen. We just had to find a way to make it happen.”
He called the parking lot a great asset and expects it to get heavy use.
Borough President James P. Molinaro, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island), and Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) were also in attendance.
Linda Hauck, lifelong neighborhood resident and head of the Tottenville Historical Society, said the community is excited about the new station.
“We really look forward to watching it progress,” she said. “Today is a historic day in Tottenville.”
courtesy Staten Island Advance