Metro North Increases Service At Melrose & Tremont

Metro-North riders at the Melrose & Tremont stations can rejoice as the agency has announced an increase in service. Here is more via the official press release I received:

The MTA advises customers that Metro-North Railroad’s new October 8 schedule includes permanently increased service levels at the Melrose and Tremont stations on the Harlem Line.

In an effort to build ridership and provide Bronx residents with more convenient travel options, on October 2, 2016, Metro-North implemented a pilot program that increased service at the Tremont and Melrose stations from a two-hour frequency to hourly frequency during off-peak and weekend travel times.  The service day was also extended, with earlier inbound service on weekdays and significantly later outbound service on weekdays and weekends.  During the pilot period, overall ridership at the two stations increased by 81%, with an increase in weekday ridership of 67% and an increase in weekend ridership of 101%.

With the success of the pilot program, and after a public hearing about the schedule change, the increased service at Melrose and Tremont is now permanent.

“We continually strive to find ways to improve and enhance our service,” said Catherine Rinaldi, Acting President of Metro-North Railroad. “We’re pleased that increased service at Melrose and Tremont has become so popular. Expanding service at Melrose and Tremont stations not only benefits customers who commute to Grand Central Terminal, but also the Bronx residents who reverse commute up to Westchester County and Connecticut.”

“Expanded service at the Melrose and Tremont Metro-North stations is not only a benefit for the commuters in the surrounding neighborhoods, but for the entire borough and, in fact, the entire region,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.  “I am proud to support this expansion, and I am grateful to the MTA for listening to the numerous Bronxites who asked for this additional service at the recent public hearing.”

Details of increased service at Melrose and Tremont stations are below:

  • Weekday inbound service is now available from 5:51 a.m. to 12:47 a.m.
  • Weekday outbound service is now available from 5:38 a.m. to 1:20 a.m.
  • Weekend inbound service is now available from 6:44 a.m. to 12:44 a.m.
  • Weekend outbound service is now available from 6:25 a.m. to 1: 20 a.m.

I know many riders who use these stations who will be excited about this. These stations have long been underutilized but that should definitely change for the foreseeable future.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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