Hastings-on-Hudson is the most southern Hudson Line Station located in a village and not a city, the stations south of here are all in Yonkers or New York City. The stop receives base off-peak service from two trains per hour, compared to just one local train per hour before the June 2013 service increase. The station's ticket window closed on September 18, 2007 after TVMs were installed in 2002 and 2003. At this time the depot was turned into its current use as a cafe. The most recent renovations at the station occurred between 2004 and 2008.
The station has two side platforms for the four-track line, except for track 1, the eastern express track, which is not electrified for an unclear reason. These platforms can accommodate 8 cars, and begin roughly at the only automobile bridge and ramps that connect River Street and Hastings Waterfront with the town and run south. At the southeast corner of the bridge is the stations historic brick circa 1910 with a Spanish tile roof station house. This building elevated above the tracks, but not quite at the level of the modern green enclosed pedestrian bridge. Inside the depot is the Hastings Station Cafe, a coffee bar that uses original station benches for some of its seating. Streetside there is a small circular drop-off loop, on level ground near where Maple Avenue becomes Southside Avenue and slopes downward and to be at the same level as the tracks. Going out towards the platforms is a small covered walkway directly above the northbound platform that connects a walkway from the bridge to an intermediate landing of the station's elevator, along with the intermediate landing of a staircase that runs from the northbound platform to the overpass. This overpass is fully enclosed and climate controlled, containing the station's TVMs. It leads to a single staircase and elevator down to the New York-bound platform.
Additional platform entrances to the northbound platform are from various short staircases down, ramps or flat entrances (the street slopes downward) to Southside Avenue where parking lots are for residents only with yearly permits or day parking with a municipal sticker is provided. Parking is free on weekends. This platform has a green canopy over the most northern two cars.
The southbound platform is mostly along the brownfield, contaminated and abandoned sites of former industries along Hastings Riverfront. All additional platform access is at the northern end of the platform where a staircase and ramp leads to River Avenue close to a gate into the brownfield site, right near the staircase to the overpass. At the northern end of the platform is the brick remains of a former freight elevator tower that once held up an overpass and is directly across from the elevated depot. Beyond it a ramp leads down to a walkway at track level that leads to a smaller parking lot with non-resident daily parking, and small Riverfront Park north of the station. A canopy is only provided for the most northern three cars by the platform entrances.
Photos 1-18: 14 June, 2008; 18-68: 13 November, 2013; 69-72: 14 July, 2014; 73 & 74: 26 July, 2014; 75-86: 25 August, 2014