Missing from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s surprising declaration that the state is going to build a train station at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets was this critical footnote:

The station that the outlet mecca envisions would be for the exclusive use of its customers and employees.

Exactly how this would work, who would pay for it, when it would be built and what it would do to commuter train service are questions without apparent answers at this point.

“Are you kidding me?” said Woodbury Village Mayor Mike Queenan. “There are so many issues here, but the big one is the state shouldn’t pay for anything. It’s not the governor’s or the MTA’s responsibility to help the Simon Property Group increase profits. Let them build it.”

Cuomo, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Woodbury Common have offered little additional information since the governor announced “We are putting a Metro-North station at Woodbury Commons …” in an hour-long speech about his proposed 2018-19 budget at Marist College on Feb. 22.

In a Jan. 3 press release that expanded on initiatives in his State of the State address, however, Cuomo said he supported “a review of the potential for a public-private partnership’’ to build a station at the outlet center – an indication that perhaps the state and the Metro-North aren’t prepared to foot the bill. His office hasn’t elaborated.

Metro-North confirmed that the station Woodbury Common proposed when it approached the agency last year would serve its shoppers and employees, and thus not require setting aside existing or building new parking spaces for commuters. But the railroad emphasized “the project is in its early stages.”

The first time around, in 2001, it was Metro-North that wanted to build a station at the outlet center and use 1,800 of its 5,700-plus parking spaces that were “underutilized” by shoppers for commuters.

It abandoned the plan in the wake of community opposition and plummeting ridership in 2004.

“We applaud Gov. Cuomo’s support …,’’ said David Mistretta, Simon’s general manager at Woodbury Common, in a statement.

“The proposed train station has the potential to further ease travel to Woodbury Common and create even more tourism opportunities.”

Harriman Mayor Steve Welle speculated that the station would be pitched to the New York City market, but questioned whether it would make shoppers and tourists any more likely to use the train than they are now.

The number who schlep from Pennsylvania Station to Secaucus Junction, transfer to another train to Metro-North’s Harriman station and then to a bus or taxi to Woodbury Common is few and far between.

Orange County’s Main Line bus, a weekend-only service, and taxi companies said what business there is for the five-minute trip from the train station tends to be on weekends or shopping holidays.

“With luggage and packages?” said Welle. “I don’t know.”

More than 95 percent of the 13 million people who visit Woodbury Common each year come and go via the New York State Thruway, but hundreds of thousands of them are on buses.

Coach USA/Short Line supplies dedicated service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the East Side of Manhattan and Newark International Airport.

Ten other bus companies operate Woodbury Common shuttles from neighborhoods throughout the city. Some also offer pickup service from residences and hotels.

“But how are they even going to make this work until they get those passing sidings and that yard built?” said Queenan.

“They better not be thinking they’ll pull a commuter train off to the side somewhere down the line so a shopper train can go by.”

Metro-North will begin engineering and environmental studies this year on a plan to add six miles of passing sidings at key points along the Port Jervis line’s single track and build a second train yard in Campbell Hall.

The combination would allow the railroad not only to operate trains in both directions simultaneously but also operate more trains, as many as 44 a day versus the present 27 on weekdays, and 26 a day versus the present 14 on weekends.

The MTA’s capital plan contains $26 million for the studies but not the estimated $150 million, in 2012 dollars, for construction, much less any money for more rolling stock.

The earliest the project could be completed, assuming the additional funding is forthcoming, is 2023.

Both Queenan and Welle, whose villages are home to thousands of commuters, predicted any plan that put Woodbury Common’s interests ahead of the community’s would trigger significant push-back.

Lack of service on the Port Jervis line has been a sore point for years and a factor in Orange County’s militant objection to MTA taxes and fees.

“Woodbury Common has lots of plans,’’ said Queenan. “They want to expand again, build a hotel, and now, a train station. I’m not against them; I’m just saying there are issues. We’re going to want to do a full review. Traffic studies, environmental studies. All the good stuff.”

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