Yesterday, the MTA issued a press release announcing increases in Metro-North service this holiday season. The increases begin on December 21 & last until New Year’s Eve. Here is the press release with full details courtesy of the MTA
MTA Metro-North Railroad knows what it takes to keep you moving, shopping, sightseeing, show-going and celebrating – trains and schedules to suit everyone’s need. So pick up a special holiday timetable today.
Friday, December 21:
A regular weekday schedule will operate with extra “getaway” trains between 1 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Some early departures also will have more cars to provide more seats. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., normal peak schedules will be in effect, but from 5 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., service will be consolidated due to lighter ridership.
Saturday, December 22:
A regular Saturday schedule will operate this day, including Shoppers’ Special service.
Sunday, December 23:
A regular Sunday schedule will operate this day, including Shoppers’ Special service.
Monday/Tuesday December 24-25:
A special two day holiday schedule will be in effect for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Day:
Saturday schedule with additional inbound and outbound peak service. (Shoppers’ Special service does not operate).
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day:
Regular Sunday schedule. (Shoppers’ Special service does not operate).
Wednesday thru Friday, December 26-28 – Week Before New Year’s:
During this holiday week, a.m. peak ridership decreases, while mid-morning travel increases. Therefore, Metro-North has changed its schedules to reflect this change in ridership with some trains not operating in the AM peak and additional inbound trains operating between 10 a.m. and noon. The specific changes are listed in the October 7th timetables and in the special holiday schedules now available.
Friday, December 28:
A regular schedule will be operated. There will be extra “getaway” trains between 1 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. In addition, there will be extra cars on most trains departing Grand Central from noon through 6 p.m. to provide additional seats. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., normal peak schedules will be in effect. But from 5 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., service will be somewhat consolidated due to lighter ridership.
Saturday and Sunday Before New Year’s – December 29-30:
Regular Saturday and Sunday schedules will be in effect, including Shoppers’ Special service.
Monday, December 31, 2007 – New Year’s Eve:
Saturday schedule with additional peak service will be in effect, additional evening inbound service and overnight service for party revelers.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 – New Year’s Day:
A regular Sunday schedule will operate on this day.
Day After New Year’s – Wednesday, January 2, 2008:
A regular weekday schedule is back in effect.
The Hudson Rail Link at Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale, the Tappan Zee Express at Tarrytown, the Haverstraw Ossining Ferry-Link and the Beacon Newburgh Ferry Link all have special schedules. Look for station notices.
Special holiday timetables for all lines are available at Grand Central Terminal and outlying Metro-North train stations. Information is also available by visiting the MTA website at www.mta.info. Customers can call for information within NYC at 212-532-4900, outside of NYC at 800-METRO-INFO. The hearing impaired may call-via teleprinter-at 800-724-3322.
I am sure this will put a smile on the faces of many who will depend on the Metro-North this holiday season.
xoxo Transit Blogger