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What A Relief! New Rochelle Station Restroom Reopens

The Metro-North Railroad Station - New Rochelle, NY - File / Photo: MTA

The Metro-North Railroad Station – New Rochelle, NY – File / Photo: MTA

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Relief is on the way.

One of two public restrooms that were closed in a cost-cutting measure at the New Rochelle train station will reopen.

City officials say the men’s room will become a unisex bathroom, beginning Thursday. The women’s room will remain closed until it undergoes a $20,000 renovation.

The bathrooms were shuttered in mid-January. The city budgets $25,000 annually to maintain, clean and supply the restrooms. It says vandalism had doubled that cost.  “Our police department has ceded a 10-percent reduction in staff so we don’t have regular patrols there like we used to. So all in all it was costing us a significant amount of money to keep the bathrooms open at the train station,” City Manager Charles Strome had said.

The closure sparked outrage among commuters last month calling the move “ridiculous.”

“I think it’s terrible,” one man said. “Five o’clock in the morning, I have to go to the bathroom. Open the bathroom please!”

Luckily, the pleas of the public have been heard and the unisex bathroom will be open seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Metro-North Railroad has agreed to help out with the maintenance of the facilities.

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