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Riverdale is the most northern stop in the Bronx and New York City limits on the Hudson Line and the first/last stop (and only one in New York City Proper) on the banks of the Hudson River (Spuyten Dyvil is technically on the Harlem River). The station is also the most southern one bypassed by Amtrak trains. Since the April 7, 2013 schedule changes it has had service every half-hour or better, previously trains only stopped once per hour. The station is located nearly at water level and is accessible by only two, narrow steep streets, with hairpin turns, 254th or 255th Streets. These streets are too steep to allow a full-sized city bus to use them. Since 1991 the Hudson Rail Link shuttle buses (they are small buses that feel similar to school buses except with more comfortable seats) have connected the surrounding Riverdale community with the train station. The buses accept MetroCard (including Unlimited ride MetroCards) for the price of a regular MTA Bus Ride with discounts for weekly and monthly riders purchasing UniTickets for MetroNorth and the RailLink buses only. The buses run weekdays only. During peak hours three buses running on 3 routes (A, B and D) meet each train. During non-rush hours one, more circuitous Route C runs and serves most of the stops of the 3 rush hour routes. The minibuses are operated by an outside contractor and meet nearly every weekday train (from 5:00am to Midnight), 3 additional Hudson Rail Link Routes (and one off peak route) serve southern Riverdale and connect with Metro-North at Spuyten Duyvil.

The station has two side platforms that can accommodate 8 cars for the four powered track line with a fifth unpowered siding, this is the CSX freight lead along the river New York-bound side of the tracks with this track fenced off from the platform. The track continues all the way north through Ludlow before switching back onto the main line. There is a pedestrian crossing of this freight track in the middle of the station with fences on each side (that need to be manually opened to let a train through) that provides access to the Riverdale Riverfront Pormenade & Fishing Access Site. This consists of a sidewalk and three overlooks between the trees. This leads up to a ramp to the middle of the New York-bound platform that provides all access to the small park.

At the southern ends of the platforms is the enclosed pedestrian bridge containing the station's TVMs with an elevator up and single staircase down to each platform. In addition, at the eastern end of the bridge, a half-staircase leads down to Railroad Terrace that is still at a level above the platforms. A small bus stop is here and the Rail Link buses drop-off their passengers. The platforms are canopied with modern (added while the station was undergoing rebuilding in 2005) green structures for about half the length of the western Grand Central-bound platform and just a couple cars at the southern end of the northbound platform. The rest of the northbound platform has direct ramp and staircase access down to Railroad Terrace that becomes the station's small parking lot that extends north of the station. The parking lot is long and narrow extending north of the station and contains 118 spaces owned by Metro-North with permit (only $342 a year, although there is a waitlist) or daily-metered parking ($4.00 per day).
Photos 1-19: 12 August, 2005; 20-28: 18 November, 2005; 29-52: 27 September, 2012; 53-61: 4 September, 2015

Art For Transit at Riverdale

Arts For Transit at Riverdale

Rising and Setting, 2006
Perforated painted steel structure
By Dennis Oppenheim

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M7a #4105 leaves Riverdale on a Northbound local to Croton-Harmon.
M7a #4105 leaves Riverdale.
M7a #4105 north of Riverdale on a local to Croton-Harmon.
A platform sign with the River, a short Spur Track in the background.
Looking down the platforms at Riverdale
Looking down the platforms at Riverdale, like all Hudson Line stops the Hudson River is near
A level crossing over seldom used tracks from Riverdale Station to the very narrow (6 foot wide), tiny Riverdale Riverfront Promenade & Fishing Access Site Park, the only access is via the station overpass
A goose on the platform at Riverdale
Shoreliner-III Cab Car #6305 leading a Grand Central-bound express bypassing Riverdale
CDOT New Haven Genesis P32AC-DM #229 pushing a Grand Central-bound express bypassing Riverdale
CDOT New Haven Genesis P32AC-DM #229 pushing a Grand Central-bound express has bypassed Riverdale, and is entering the mist
Shoreliner-III Cab Car #6317 pulling a southbound out of service train through Riverdale. The train is probably deadheading to Grand Central to make a rush-hour run
Shoreliner-III Cab Car #6317 leading an out of service train southbound through Riverdale
Metro-North Genesis P32AC-DM #204 pushing a southbound out of service train through Riverdale
Metro-North Genesis P32AC-DM #204 pushing an out of service train southbound, passes Amtrak Genesis P32AC-DM #716 pulling Empire Service train #255, to Albany running on time south of Riverdale
Amtrak Genesis P32AC-DM #716 pulling Empire Service train #255, to Albany running on time just south of Riverdale
Amtrak Genesis P32AC-DM #716 pulling Empire Service train #255, to Albany running on time bypasses Riverdale
An Amfleet Coach at the back of Empire Service train #255 north of Riverdale
The small parking lot at Riverdale
P32AC-DM #214 pulling a Poughkeepsie Express bypasses Riverdale
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