This past October, the Metro-North held a public hearing to discuss fares of the new Yankee Stadium station. Now only a few short months later, prices for travel to the new station have been revealed. Martin B. Cassidy of the Connecticut Post has more in this report:
Considering the price of New York Yankees tickets, paying extra to ride Metro-North Railroad directly to the stadium won’t be a hardship for devoted Connecticut fans, Jason Haas said.
“I think it will be easier for fans,” said Haas, 33, a lifelong Yankees fan, who lives in Norwalk.
Under a recently approved fare schedule, fans will pay a dollar above the normal price for a trip to Grand Central Terminal.
Passengers from Bridgeport would pay $16.50 each way during peak hours, and $12.75 in off-peak windows. Milford residents would pay $17.50 during peak hours and $13.50 off-peak.
Catching a train in Fairfield to Yankee Stadium would cost $15.25 each direction on peak trains and $11.75 off-peak.
It’s a little pricey, but the service will make it easier to get to Yankee Stadium, Haas said.
“It would be nice if the Yankees could eat that cost,” Haas said. “Still, I think it beats driving and having to park.” Work on the Yankee Stadium station is going well, but there is no opening date set, said Marjorie Anders, a railroad spokeswoman.
Metro-North expects as many as 10,000 passengers to use the station on game days, she said.
Passengers on the Harlem Line would pay the same as they would for a ticket to Grand Central Terminal, plus a dollar.
On the way to weekday and night games, New Haven and Harlem line passengers would switch to the stadium shuttle at 125th Street.
Metro-North officials are trying to devise schedules for nonstop northbound trains for Connecticut fans after weeknight games, and pregame nonstop trains on weekends, Anders said.
Ticket prices for passengers from stations on the Hudson Line or departing from Grand Central Terminal would remain the same as for stations such as Morris Heights and University Heights — $6.50 in peak hours and $5 off-peak.
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I feel the MTA can expect this service to be a grand slam in the long run. Many Yankee fans (myself included) have hated how much traffic you encounter when going to the Stadium. Many of the Yankee fans I know do come in from Connecticut & Westchester to catch a game. I am sure many of them will be taking advantage of this service. To be honest I feel the MTA’s daily estimate use is low as it could easily reach double that. Either way, this station is a win-win for all sides.
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