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  1. Walter Sobchak says:

    I always thought the Rye station house was not only ugly, but useless. Instead of removing the canopy, the MTA simply built the high-level platforms to the east of the station house (that’s the old low-level platform crumbling next to the station house and under the platforms) and pretty far away from station house and the underpass. It is probably the only station with two overpasses as well as one underpass. But try waiting in the station house for a New York-bound train, and see if you make it.

    Rye was also Amtrak’s Westchester County stop from the 1970s to the late 80s/early 90s, until they moved to the newly renovated New Rochelle station.

    • Emily says:

      I think most station houses along Metro-North lines are for the most part just leftovers from an older time. (Unless you’re talking about a large station like Stamford, White Plains, etc.) You can’t buy tickets in them, they’re locked most of the time, and when they are actually open you can’t really wait in them because you’d miss your train. I suppose they are nice to see, but as you said, they are for the most part useless.

  2. Emily says:

    You’re right, I didn’t think that it was the original station. It was a fairly unremarkable building, and as the original had supposedly been done by a famous designer (though I find little information regarding this, beyond the writeup for Arts for Transit) I figured it would be a little more interesting.

  3. Chris says:

    I found your blog about two months ago and I was wondering when your travels would take you to Rye (my home station)…thanks for the post!

  4. Dennis A Livesey says:


    I lived in Rye during the 60’s. Several of those years were lived across the street from the station. Many, many times I walked across that street to ride into “the city” for a day of fun. Fare was about $o.75 as I recall.

    It is true that is not the original station since that one was demolished for the building of the Turnpike. (as we called it then) See this link of a photo I marked.


    This link for a photo of the old Rye station.

    I visited the station for the first time in years not long ago. I have to say I thought it very cleaned up as against the sad old days of the New Haven and Penn Central. Very clean simple lines that are actually rather stylish.


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