The ERA is pleased to announce a tour of Staten Island Railway’s (SIR) new Clifton Maintenance Shop, our first trip to an MTA railcar maintenance facility since we visited the Long Island Rail Road’s Hillside Maintenance Complex in May 2019. SIR’s $165 million facility opened on December 7, 2022, replacing the previous shop which suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy. This new state-of-the-art facility is designed to be more storm resistant than its predecessor with provisions to prevent water intrusion, handle up to an additional three feet of storm surge, and withstand Category 2 hurricane water and wind pressures. Clifton’s layout and equipment allow for all necessary routine work on SIR cars to be conducted on-site and between peak periods, avoiding the need to be sent to the Coney Island Maintenance Facility in Brooklyn except for only the most complex repairs and overhauls.
All attendees will meet on the SIR Clifton Station platform no later than 10:45 a.m. To arrive by this time, you must depart Manhattan/Whitehall on the 10:00 a.m. Staten Island Ferry. When you arrive in Staten Island board the 10:36 a.m. train leaving St. George Terminal. ERA President Bob Newhouser will be at the terminal to greet you. We are still working on final details for this visit, but SIR supervision will meet us when we arrive at Clifton, divide us into two groups, and escort us into and around the facility.
In anticipation of the need for security clearance for all attendees, ensure that you have a photo ID in your possession and to wear sturdy shoes — that means no sandals, no sneakers, no Crocs, and no open-toe shoes. Failure to have a photo ID and sturdy shoes will result in denial of entry to the Clifton Shop.
MTA regulations require each participant submit a copy of their driver’s license, passport or other government issued photo identification (e.g., school ID card for a child) along with the order form on the reverse side of this flyer and the attached signed MTA waiver and release of liability form for each person participating. See reverse side for specific instructions. Any child under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to participate in this trip.
9:50 a.m. | Whitehall: Arrive at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at 4 Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan no later than 9:50 a.m. The nearest subway stations are South Ferry on the and Whitehall St on the , and . Click here for map.
10:00 a.m. | Staten Island Ferry: You must depart Whitehall on the 10:00 a.m. ferry to Staten Island.
10:25 a.m. | St. George: Ferry arrives at the St. George Terminal on Staten Island. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.
10:36 a.m. | Staten Island Railroad: Board the 10:36 a.m. train leaving St. George Terminal. ERA President Bob Newhouser will be at the terminal to greet you.
10:45 a.m. | Clifton Station: All attendees will meet on the SIR Clifton Station platform no later than 10:45 a.m.
Tour Price: $35 per person
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!
The deadline for the receipt of this application is Monday, June 19, 2023 OR once 40 completed applications have been received, whichever occurs first. So please book ASAP. Applications will be accepted only if they contain the following four required items (by mail, with scans preferred of all items but the check):
Any application without all these items as requested will be rejected and you will not be able to go on the trip. We will make only one follow-up call or e-mail. Mail your package to Bob Newhouser at the address on the form below.
Please book your reservation ASAP! For further information, contact ERA President Bob Newhouser by email at [email protected] or call him at 917-482-4235. Out-of-town participants should purchase only refundable hotel and travel. The ERA is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to rescheduling or cancellation of the event.
Click here for order form. Online ticket sales are not available for this event.