Metro North Thanksgiving 2015 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2015 service plan information for the Metro-North Railroad:

Whether you’re heading to the parade, hosting family, or holiday shopping – Metro‐North Railroad has you covered with special service and extra trains for all of your Thanksgiving weekend travel needs. Plus, off‐peak fares are in effect for the entire four‐day period, and customers can take advantage of free parking at many stations. Check for signs at stations, visit mta.info/mnr or call 511 for details. Customers outside of New York can call (877) 690‐5114.

We urge customers to buy tickets in advance, and those traveling into Manhattan can purchase a ten‐trip off‐peak ticket to save 30 to 40 percent off of the one‐way fare. The ticket can be used by more than one person, even when you are traveling together. The Family Fare costs $1 per ticket for up to four children (ages 5 to 11) when they are traveling with a fare‐paying adult.

A special Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend timetable is available at Grand Central Terminal and outlying stations, or online at http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/thanksgiving2015.htm

Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving:

Historically, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day of the year for Metro‐North customers. On Wednesday, November 25, there will be 18 early getaway trains that depart Grand Central Terminal during the mid‐day. The extra service includes three additional trains on the Harlem Line between 2:18 p.m. and 3:34 p.m., five extra trains on the Hudson Line between 1:38 p.m. and 4:11 p.m., and ten extra trains on the New Haven Line between 12:58 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Times are shown in the current timetables. Due to the heavier mid‐day travel patterns, some evening trains may be cancelled or combined, so be sure to check the timetable.

Thanksgiving Day:

Metro‐North will provide additional inbound morning service for customers heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at 81st Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s at Herald Square (34th Street). There is also expanded outbound service starting in the late morning and continuing through mid‐afternoon. If you’re leaving New York after the parade, customers must show a ticket before boarding trains at Grand Central or Harlem‐125th Street Station. On this day last year, over 30,000 customers departed Grand Central between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Finally, there will be extra trains in the evening for customers returning to New York City after their Thanksgiving dinners.

Friday, the day after Thanksgiving:

On Friday, November 27, Metro‐North will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional inbound service in the morning and outbound service in the afternoon to accommodate the Friday workforce and Black Friday shoppers.

Saturday and Sunday (Thanksgiving Weekend):

Metro‐North will round out the holiday weekend schedule with extra trains and additional cars on existing trains. Service on Saturday, November 28 features upper Hudson and outer New Haven Line Shoppers’ Special service. Regular half‐hour service to/from Stamford on the New Haven Line and to/from North White Plains on the Harlem Line will operate all day. On Sunday, November 29, trains run on a normal half‐hourly schedule featuring outer New Haven Line Shoppers’ Specials.

WEST OF HUDSON SERVICE:

Early getaway trains will operate on both the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines on Wednesday, November 25. On the Port Jervis Line, the 2:41 p.m. train from Hoboken to Middletown (with a connection departing New York Penn Station at 2:29 p.m.) is extended to Port Jervis. The 6:11 p.m departure from Hoboken will not operate.

On the Pascack Valley Line, there will be a 2:58 p.m. departure from Hoboken (with a connection departing New York’s Penn Station at 2:51 p.m.) making select stops in New Jersey before arriving at Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley (to accommodate this train, the 7:20
p.m. departure from Hoboken will not operate).

On Thanksgiving Day, a regular holiday/weekend schedule is in effect for both lines, with one additional round trip on the Port Jervis Line (shown in the November 8 timetable). Parade‐goers can take a 6:22 a.m. departure from Port Jervis arriving in Hoboken at 8:30 a.m. (a connection at Secaucus Junction arrives at New York Penn Station at 8:39 a.m.). After the parade, there is a 12:13 p.m. departure from Hoboken (12:07 p.m. from New York Penn Station) that operates express to Suffern before making all stops to Port Jervis.

A regular weekday schedule is in effect for Friday, November 27, and a regular weekend schedule is in effect on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 for both lines.

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S.I. Railway Thanksgiving 2015 Service Plan Info

Here is the Thanksgiving 2015 service plan information for the Staten Island Railway:

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Thanksgiving Day holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Wednesday, November 25 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule.

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Service Diversions 11-21-15

I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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MTA Names New NYC Transit President

Two weeks ago, I blogged about the rumor making the rounds in transit circles that the MTA was going to name NJ Transit Executive Director Ronnie Hakim the new president of NYC Transit. Well it turns out the rumors are true as the agency made the official announcement this morning. Here is more via the official press release:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast today announced the appointment of Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim as the eighth permanent president of MTA New York City Transit, which moves more than 8 million daily customers on subways, buses, the Staten Island Railway and paratransit service.

Hakim is a career transportation professional who returns to the MTA after an earlier 23-year career at the agency. For the past year and a half she has served as the Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT, which operates 12 commuter rail lines, three light rail lines, 261 bus routes and Access Link paratransit service across the state of New Jersey. She previously served nearly four years as Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

“Our transit network is the lifeblood of the entire region, and I am glad to welcome Ronnie back to New York City Transit and to entrust her with the responsibility of ensuring safe and reliable service even as ridership grows every month,” Prendergast said. “Ronnie’s comprehensive transportation experience, her detailed vision for the future and her demonstrated ability to bring real improvements to customers make her the right person to tackle New York City Transit’s challenges now.”

In her time at the MTA, Hakim served as Special Counsel at New York City Transit as well as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at MTA Capital Construction, where she provided senior management with policy and legal advice on megaprojects such as the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access and the 7 train extension to Hudson Yards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a juris doctorate degree from the Pace University School of Law.

“Having spent more than two decades of my life at the MTA, I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead New York City Transit at a time when surging ridership is affecting every element of its operations,” Hakim said. “Subway and bus customers have high expectations for the network they rely on every day, and I look forward to meeting their expectations of safety, reliability and quality at New York City Transit.”

Hakim will begin serving as President on December 28. She replaces James L. Ferrara, the President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, who has been serving as Interim President of New York City Transit since the August retirement of Carmen Bianco.

New York City Transit serves more than 5.6 million subway customers and 2.5 million bus customers on an average weekday. Its 47,000 employees provide mass transit and paratransit service throughout the city, including operating almost 6,400 subway cars at 469 stations, and more than 5,700 buses at more than 15,000 bus stops.

As I opined two weeks ago, the change could not come at a worse time for NJ Transit as the agency is going through a multitude of issues at the moment. However this could be a nice gain for the MTA as she has prior experience with the agency & can hit the ground running to help the issues that NYC Transit faces.

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MTA Official Wants Cheaper City Railroad Fares

Today’s meetings at MTA headquarters should be interesting when one of its board members, Allen P. Cappelli proposes his idea of reduced fares for city residents using either the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad. Dan Rivoli of the New York Daily News has more:

An MTA board member will press the transit agency on Monday to cut the commuter rail ticket prices for New Yorkers who want to travel around the city.

Allen Cappelli told the Daily News he’ll make the case at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting on Monday that the agency needs to study whether cheaper Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North tickets will help New Yorkers without subway access and poor bus service move around faster.

“We are one system,” Cappelli said. “It would also take additional strain off the subways.”

MTA officials have said the idea would put a dent on revenue, with the agency estimating a loss of $70 million in fares a year.

But Cappelli isn’t buying the cries of poverty yet.

“Honestly, it sounds to me like seat-of-the-pants analysis and I think this issue warrants more than somebody’s best guess,” Cappelli said of the MTA’s price tag.

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While this idea sounds nice on paper, it really does not take into account what the real issue is for commuters in transit deficient neighborhoods & that is the lack of available & reliable options. Instead of giving discounts, how about finding ways to bring more service to such areas.

Also another angle to look at this idea is how unfair it is to the majority of riders who make up the ridership of the respective railroads. Our costs are too high for the level & quality of service we receive.

One way or another, if this idea becomes a reality, I am sure the agency will find a way to pass on the costs of the discount subsidy to the majority who would not benefit which is completely unacceptable!

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