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Cortlandt Metro-North Station Adds 700+ Parking Spaces

Metro-North President Howard Permut - Cortlandt, NY - Feb 15, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Metro-North President Howard Permut – Cortlandt, NY – Feb 15, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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CORTLANDT, NY (CBSNewYork) - It’s not everyday that hundreds of new train station parking spaces open up in Metro-North territory, but that’s what has happened at the Cortlandt station.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

$35 million has brought more than 700 new parking spaces and other amenities there, but any surplus is not expected to last.

Ridership at the Cortlandt station has doubled since it opened in the 1990s.

Metro-North Railroad president Howard Permut says station improvements have consumed hundreds of millions of capital plan dollars from Yankee Stadium north.

“Croton-Harmon, those are all new and then significant rebuilding further north including here. If we added that all up, it’s was probably somewhere in the vicinity of, I would say, $500 million on stations on the Hudson Line,” he said Wednesday.

The MTA says these projects have created thousands of jobs over the years.

MTA Joseph Lhota says these are all worthy investments.

“The current five-year capital program alone is expected to create 350,000 jobs in New York and $60 billion worth of economic activity all throughout the state,” said Lhota.

Metro-North is now eying parking improvements at North White Plains.

What improvements are on your wish list for Metro-North? Share them in the comments section below!