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11/2/2007



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MTA Metro-North seeks developers for Beacon Station project



MTA Metro-North Railroad is seeking a developer to partner with in a transit-oriented development project at Beacon Station in Dutchess County, N.Y., on the Upper Hudson Line. Yesterday, the agency issued a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI).

Metro-North plans to create a destination that serves as a “gateway” to Beacon, reclaim the riverfront and link the riverfront to downtown Beacon. The station master plan calls for building a parking garage with landscaped rooftop garden elements, an intermodal plaza, and an expanded and improved train station. All RFEI submissions are due Feb. 7, 2008.

The Beacon station is one of the fastest growing in the Metro-North system, according to the agency. Since 1998, peak ridership has grown 34 percent and off-peak ridership, 60 percent. The station currently serves 2,100 passengers daily; ridership is expected to grow another 60 percent by 2020.







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