New Harlem & Hudson Line Schedules

Earlier today, the MTA Metro-North Railroad announced that new schedules for the Harlem & Hudson lines will begin on Sunday, June 30th. Here are the details:

Metro-North Railroad today announced that new schedules on the Hudson Line and Harlem Line will take effect on Sunday, June 30.  The new schedules bring the return of full weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie on the Hudson Line, as well as additional trains in the morning and afternoon. Major infrastructure projects will be underway on the Harlem Line this summer, resulting in minor schedule adjustments and more reliable and dependable service for customers.

Hudson Line:

Metro-North crews completed this season’s work towards the replacement of a critical track-switching center south of Poughkeepsie, resulting in the restoration of full weekend service on the Hudson Line.  When the Hudson Line schedule change takes effect, customers can expect hourly weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie, as well as three additional trains on Saturday and two extra trains on Sunday. This increase in service comes just in time for summer visits to popular, well-known attractions in the Upper Hudson valley.  There’s good news for Yankee fans, too; the completed track work also means the return of extra “Yankee Clipper” trains on weekends between Poughkeepsie and Yankees-East 153rd Street station.

Harlem Line:

Metro-North crews will be out in force on the Harlem Line this summer making aggressive infrastructure improvements in the Bronx.  The railroad will put its new SMARTRACK program into action, strategically shutting down a continuous segment of track between Woodlawn and Mott Haven so that multiple work groups have uninterrupted access to maintain and enhance the system. Crews will make drainage improvements, replace rail and install new ties.  As a result of these upgrades to the Harlem Line in the Bronx, the following service adjustments will be in place:

  • Station stops at Melrose and Tremont will be suspended on weekdays. Substitute bus service will be provided to and from Fordham.
  • The current 8:01 a.m. local from Mt. Vernon West to Grand Central Terminal will not operate. The 7:57 a.m. train from North White Plains, will add stops at Mt. Vernon West at 8:15 a.m. and Wakefield at 8:17 a.m. the 6:55 a.m. train from Southeast, will add a stop at Woodlawn at 8:01 a.m.  The 7 a.m. train from Goldens Bridge, will add stops at Williams Bridge at 7:59 a.m., Botanical Garden at 8:02 a.m. and Fordham at 8:04 a.m.
  • Most peak-hour trains will have minor adjustments of 1-2 minutes.

Weekday trains return to serving Melrose and Tremont effective with the September 29 schedule change.

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Thankfully I can report that the man who was identified as Mike Ortiz, a homeless ex-convict has been arrested by the NYPD due to a tip they received. He is schedule to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court.

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One of the oldest tricks in the NYC Subway in terms of crime are when a thief engages in the act of cutting into a pocket of an unsuspecting rider to rob them as they sleep. The people who engage in these activities are commonly known to cops as “lush workers”.

Such was the case recently as a man boarded a Brooklyn-bound train at the 14th St-Union Square station & proceeded to fall asleep on the train. Later on during the ride, a man was caught on camera using shears to cut into the victim’s pocket where they stole their wallet & cell phone as it approached the Atlantic Ave station in East New York. The criminal used the stolen card to make $68 worth of purchases.

Here is a video of the suspect who is still on the loose:

I understand the need to usually keep to one’s self and mind their own business. However how could multiple people just sit there & watch it happen. We have one person sitting directly across from the incident while the other is filming from the corner.

I recall years ago being on a Queens-bound train during the overnight hours.  The train was packed (as it always is even at that late of night) and a guy wedged into a corner seat next to a guy who fell asleep. He proceeded to take out a blade and attempt to cut into the pants of the guy and try to rob him while he sat directly across from me and knowing I was seeing the whole incident go down. I did the right thing and called him out on it & woke the unsuspecting person up to alert them & the guy got off and tried to go to the next car where I proceeded to chase him off the train.

I am sorry but I will take my chances and do the right thing as I would want someone to do the same for me. I am never scared as I am well built and trained well for practically any sort of attack. So I like my chances against anyone!

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In today’s New York Daily News, the paper had a strongly worded piece on the cleaning program the MTA runs that includes hiring outside firms to bring new methods to cleaning to the system. The piece stemmed from the paper witnessing an accident at the Clinton-Washington Avenues stop on the last Tuesday. Here is a link to their piece.

Just a few minutes ago, I received a response to the piece from MTA Chief External Affairs Officer Maxwell Young which stated:

The Daily News article today is misleading and misses the point of the entire station and car cleaning project. Two years ago the New York City Transit system was declared to be in a state of emergency due to its decline in performance.

Then-MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and outside consultants created an emergency management plan to correct mismanaged systems, including water management, signal repairs, station cleaning and more. The state and city provided $836 million to pay for overtime and outside contractors to bring new means and methods to a broken system.

The car cleaning and station cleaning contractors use chemicals approved by NYCT safety experts, and state of the art cleaning equipment. The approved chemicals are commonly used – for example the chemicals used by the fleet washing company are used by the same company in states around the country and on other fleets, including surrounding states and Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.

The equipment that backfired was a pressure washer. It is a common piece of equipment widely used by cleaning companies and even the MTA. A backfire sometimes happens to an engine. It’s not something that was caused by it being faulty or not properly maintained.

“‎The independent contractors’ new means and methods have been a great success. Water is now being effectively cleared from the tracks and new modern equipment has been introduced, cars and stations are cleaner and signals have been repaired.

The success of the Subway Action Plan is inarguable, as shown by the better performance numbers. Now phase 2 of the Subway Action Plan is to implant those new management systems into a restructured MTA, through the reorganization plan due later this month.”

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