Last fall, the Metro-North & New Jersey Transit introduced an increase in service on the Pascack Valley Line. Now comes the news that the original increase in service will be expanded. The MTA has issued a press release with all the details:
The new weekend service on the Pascack Valley Line, which began last fall after a hiatus of four decades, is being expanded beginning Sunday August 3, 2008.
MTA Metro-North Railroad is adding a new inbound train on the Pascack Valley Line that departs Spring Valley at 7:10 p.m. making limited stops in New Jersey, and arriving in Hoboken at 8:28 p.m. and at Penn Station at 8:38 p.m.
This brings the number of daily weekend trains on the Pascack Valley Line to 24, a dozen in each direction. Ridership is now 250 each weekend day and growing.
In fact, overall ridership on Metro-North’s West-of-Hudson service is up 17% during the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, due primarily to the introduction of off-peak and weekend service on the Pascack Valley Line.
When the new timetables take effect on August 3, there will be a number of other, minor changes to both the Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line schedules. New timetables are available at Hoboken Terminal, Penn Station NY, and Secaucus and customers are advised to pick up a copy to check for changes.
On weekdays, the 5:29 a.m. train from Spring Valley will have a five-minute later connection at Secaucus, and therefore will arrive in Penn Station five minutes later at 6:51 a.m. Also, the 5:28 p.m. train from Penn Station will now leave four minutes earlier at 5:24 p.m. Arrival times at Pascack Valley Line stations remain unchanged.
A number of minor schedule adjustments will be made to other Penn Station–Secaucus connections, ranging from one to three minutes earlier. See the new timetable for details.
An extra getaway train will operate on August 29, the Friday before the Labor Day holiday weekend, The train that departs Hoboken at 2:51 p.m. and Penn Station at 2:35 p.m. has been extended for this holiday and will arrive at Pearl River at 3:47 p.m.; Nanuet at 3:55 p.m.; and Spring Valley at 4:01 p.m.
On the Port Jervis Line, a number of minor schedule adjustments will be made to some Penn Station–Secaucus connections, ranging from 3 minutes earlier to 3 minutes later. See the new timetable for details.
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