Ossining is an important stop on the Hudson Line and effective with the April 7, 2013 service increases a stop that receives service from 3 trains per hour off-peak with most off-peak trains stopping at the station. The service is the hourly electric local, the electric semi-express both to and from Croton-Harmon, and the hourly Poughkeepsie-bound express trains that are a one-stop ride only in Tarrytown before running express to 125 Street. The station was recently renovated between 2008 and 2011 and now has the usual green staircases, enclosed overpasses and elevators. These renovations made the station wheelchair accessible for the first time. Just south of the station the Hudson Line passes through Sing-Sing Prison that straddles the train tracks. There are four overpasses within the prison across the tracks, two for guards and two for inmates!
The station is also the connecting point for ferry service to Haverstraw in Rockland County across the Hudson River. The ferry began operations on September 5, 2000. A NY Waterway ferry boat (subsidized by Metro-North and the State DOT) operates during rush hours only making 6 AM round-trips and 9 PM trips (travel is permitted in both directions) across the Hudson, costing $3.75 each way (with UniTicket discounts). During winter, ice in the river sometimes suspends ferry operations and commuters are provided with bus service from Tarrytown and not Ossining across the Tappan Zee Bridge. The wooden ferry dock (with a small tent over a portion for shelter) is located just east of the station, accessed via a walkway that has been rerouted around a vacant lot (formerly grass) along the river where a TOD project, Harbor Square, coming Spring 2016 is now under construction. The wooden ferry dock has large red lampposts.
The Ossining Station is well designed to be an important express stop; the four-track station has two narrow island platforms that can accommodate 10 cars. The platform exits are just north of the middle of the platforms where a historic brick depot is located above the tracks, along the north side of the bridge of Secor Road.
The Secor Road Bridge has clearly defined ramps with steep inclines (and the western side lacking a sidewalk) at each end of the station since parking lots are located directly at track level across from the tracks on both sides (although on the east side just north of the ramp). There are a total of 80 metered and 450 permit parking spaces with residency restrictions ($400 per year for village of Ossining residents, $520 for town of Ossining residents, $1,000 for non-residents). Covered Staircases provide direct access up to the south sidewalk (that exists only above the tracks) of the Secor Road Bridge. Between the platform entrances are TVMs located inside a shelter. Decent views of the platforms below can be had since there is only a low fence behind the TVMs. At each end of this sidewalk elevator shafts and covered staircases lead down to both the east and west the parking areas. The walkway to the ferry dock is accessed via the wet staircase. The staircase to the east parking area loops a bit since this parking area is only across from the platforms north of the bridge.
Along the north side of the bridge, directly over the tracks, is the historic Ossining Train station. It is a brick building like numerous others on the Hudson Line, the restoration has left nicely restored light fixtures and peering in through the locked doors benches and the remains of the ticket office that closed in the last rounds of cuts in 2010. The current hours for the waiting room are unknown but the MTA is looking for a private tenant. As part of the renovations an enclosed area with modern glass doors and windows down to the platforms is along the north side of the station house. A covered staircase leads out and down to the two platforms along with an elevator. The elevators are particularly interesting because their in the former shafts for the station's original freight elevators. At the eastern end a staircase leads to the Eastern parking area. At the western end doors lead to an outdoor walkway that loops around the station house and provides access to the Secor Road Bridge (and a step-free exit). For waiting passengers on the platforms, the northern halves of the platforms from the station house staircases are covered by green canopies, while the southern half of the Croton-Harmon bound platform is completely exposed to the elements with the canopy extending about two train car lengths down the New York-bound platform.
Photos 1-7: 12 July, 2012; 8-18: 18 November, 2013; 19-83: 5 July, 2014; 84-100: 23 October, 2015