Just a few minutes ago, the MTA Metro-North Railroad announced new timetables that will take effect on June 27th. Despite budget issues, the agency has added extra service on the Hudson Line & additional holiday weekend trains on the New Haven Line. Here are the complete details courtesy of the press release I received:
MTA Metro-North Railroad is introducing new timetables on Monday, June 27 that include some additional service on the Hudson Line and extra holiday weekend trains on the New Haven Line.
On the Hudson Line:
Two Poughkeepsie trains that now make some stops south of Croton-Harmon will run express after Croton-Harmon to speed the trip and alleviate any possibility of crowding. In conjunction with this change there will be two new trains that originate at Croton-Harmon to make the stops that have been eliminated from the Poughkeepsie trains. (Stops have been added at Dobbs Ferry and Hastings for a little more frequency at those stations.)
On weekdays, the 2:40 PM and 5:40 PM trains from Poughkeepsie will operate express from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central, saving customers as much as 8 minutes of travel time.
The new trains from Croton-Harmon will depart at 3:37 PM and 6:37 PM, stopping at Ossining, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Yonkers, Marble Hill, and Harlem-125th Street. Both these trains previously were moved empty, so there is no cost associated with their operation in passenger service.
There also will be a new inbound weekend express. The 7:40 PM train from Poughkeepsie will operate express from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central, saving up to 8 minutes of travel time. To cover the stops eliminated from the Poughkeepsie train, a new 8:39 PM train will run from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central, making stops at Ossining, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings- on-Hudson, Yonkers, Marble Hill, and Harlem-125th Street. This equipment previously was moved empty, so there is no cost associated with its operation in passenger service.
Metro-North’s popular and convenient Hudson Rail Link bus service to the Riverdale train station is expanding with a new bus stop at the Hebrew Home for the Aged to give their employees better options for commuting to work as well as offering visitors a new travel option.
The Rail Link’s “A” route will include a new stop at Palisades Avenue and 261st Street at the Home. Initially the service will operate from the station to the Home during the AM and back to the station during the PM peak periods.
On the Harlem Line:
There are minor schedule adjustments to weekend trains between Grand Central Terminal and Southeast to accommodate a bridge timber replacement project at Croton Falls.
On the New Haven Line:
There will be extra New Haven Line service around the big summer holidays, July 4th and Labor Day. Summer holiday travel specials include three extra inbound (to Grand Central) and two additional outbound (to New Haven) trains on the Mondays of the two, three-day holiday weekends.
Additional express trains to Grand Central will operate on July 4 and September 5 at 5:50 PM, 6:50 PM and 7:50 PM from New Haven, making local stops to Fairfield, then Westport, before going express.
On July 4, two additional express trains will depart Grand Central to New Haven. The first leaves at 4:04 PM, with first stop at South Norwalk. There’s also an extra 11:08 PM train to New Haven (to take you home after the Macy’s Fireworks), first stop at Stamford, followed by all local stops to New Haven.
On Labor Day, Sept. 5, there are two extra outbound trains, the 4:04 PM train to New Haven and a 7:57 PM express to New Haven, first stop Westport.
On the Danbury Branch, substitute bus service continues weekdays from 8:45 AM until 4 PM, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate the Connecticut Department of Transportation project to install a new signal system. This job is expected to end in mid-August.
Note: There will be no Danbury Branch busing on the July 4th weekend.
All three lines also have minor schedule adjustments on some off-peak trains to better reflect actual running times and improve operational reliability.
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