Service Diversions 10-03-13

Get a head start on your plans for the weekend as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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Metro North Expands New Haven Service

Earlier today, the MTA Metro-North announced it will be expanding service on the New Haven line with limited electric service. Here is more via press release:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and MTA Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut today announced the railroad will offer a limited amount of additional rail service to accommodate half its normal New Haven Line weekday ridership in time for the Monday morning rush. While trains are expected to be crowded and customers are urged not to travel during the busiest part of rush hour, thousands of park-and-ride spaces in Westchester County and the Bronx will allow customers to ride other MTA services into Manhattan.

“Con Edison’s temporary substation allows us to run very limited electric trains through this critical section of the New Haven Line for the first time since power was disrupted last week, but it’s still far less than the normal service our customers expect,” Prendergast said. “While Con Edison works to restore full power to their damaged feeder cables, the MTA is doing everything it can to accommodate New Haven Line customers on other services.”

The new schedule, available at, is constrained by the power supply available to the eight-mile section between Harrison and Mount Vernon, which can only accommodate two electric trains at one time under very limited loads. Electric trains draw the most power when starting, so they will only operate express through that eight-mile section. About 20 percent of normal New Haven Line rush-hour service will be provided by electric trains, in addition to the 30 percent provided by diesel trains borrowed from other Metro-North lines.

“This service plan will remain in effect until Con Edison is able to provide full power through the Mount Vernon feeder to the New Haven Line,” Permut said. “They now expect to complete their repairs by Oct. 7, with the goal of giving Metro-North time to complete required testing and restore full train service by Oct. 8. Until then, we thank our customers for their patience and flexibility during this disruption.”

Metro-North will offer 8,600 free park-and-ride spaces that will connect with other MTA services with cooperation from Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and local police forces throughout the region. New Haven Line tickets will be cross-honored on those services.

“The disruption of service on the New Haven Line has caused tremendous inconvenience to thousands of Westchester commuters,” Astorino said. “I reached out to Metro-North to offer our assistance and help provide an alternative to New Haven Line commuters.”

The following locations will open at 4:30 a.m. each morning to accommodate park-and-ride customers, and up to 72 shuttle buses provided by MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company will begin operating at 5 a.m. Metro-North employees will be available at each location to provide information and assistance:

• Orchard Beach – 5,000 parking spaces, with a free shuttle bus to MTA New York City Transit’s Pelham Bay Park station on the 6 subway line.

• 8 E. 153rd St. Garage (Yankee Stadium) – 1,500 parking spaces, a short walk to Metro-North’s Yankees-E 153 St station and the 161 St station on the B, D and 4 subway lines.

• Rye Playland – 1,500 parking spaces, with a free shuttle bus to the White Plains station on the Metro-North Harlem Line.

• Kensico Dam, 600 Park Drive West, Valhalla – 600 parking spaces, with a free shuttle bus to the North White Plains station on the Harlem Line, and walking distance to the Valhalla Station on the Harlem Line.

Customers can also choose to go to other stations on the Harlem and Hudson lines, which will cross-honor New Haven Line tickets. The Hudson Line has more capacity available, while the Harlem Line is expected to be very crowded despite the addition of cars to some trains. Parking is limited at those stations, and Metro-North recommends customers arrange car pools or “kiss and ride” drop-offs.

Metro-North urges its monthly and weekly ticket holders to retain tickets used during the service disruption while the railroad considers the possibility of reimbursement.

Customers are advised to leave additional travel time, and use trains that arrive in Grand Central after 9:30 a.m., after the morning peak period. Those who can stay home or telecommute during this service disruption are urged to do so. Contact 511 (1-877-690-5114 outside NYS) for further assistance.

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New Haven Line Weekend Service Plan Info

A short while ago, I received word on the Metro North’s service plan for the New Haven line this weekend. Here are the complete details:

A reduced schedule will be in effect this weekend (Sat., Sept. 28 &Sun., Sept. 29) due to the continuing Con Ed power outage to a crucial 8-mile segment of the New Haven Line. There will be hourly train service from all New Haven Line stations in both directions all day on Saturday and Sunday.

To Grand Central:

• From New Haven, a train will depart at 45 minutes after the hour making all local stops to Stamford. At Stamford, customers can switch to a diesel train for express service to Grand Central or to a diesel train for local service to stops between Stamford and Grand Central.

• Express trains to Grand Central will depart Stamford at 55 minutes after every hour.

• Local trains making all stops (between Old Greenwich and Fordham) to Grand Central will depart Stamford on the hour, every hour.

From Grand Central:

• Local train making all stops to Stamford will depart Grand Central at 34 minutes after every hour.

• Express trains to Stamford will depart Grand Central at 8 minutes after every hour. The express will connect with a local to New Haven, departing Stamford every hour on the hour.

Bus Service will be provided on the Waterbury Branch and limited shuttle train service will operate on the Danbury and New Canaan Branches.
Please visit our schedules pages later this afternoon for complete schedule information.

Customers Please Note:

• New Haven Line tickets continue to be cross honored on the Harlem Line
• Expect crowded conditions and listen for announcements
• NO BICYCLES will be allowed on New Haven Line trains this weekend.

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Service Diversions 09-26-13

Get a head start on your plans for the first official fall weekend as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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Fastrack Returns To Broadway N & Q Stations

Next week FASTRACK will be returning to N Train & Q Train stations in Manhattan. Here are the details via the press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program is returning to the [N] [Q] stations in Manhattan for the fourth time this year. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., on four consecutive weeknights beginning Monday, September 30 and ending early morning Friday, October 4, service is suspended at all [N] [Q] stations in Manhattan. [N] trains will operate in Queens and Brooklyn only. [Q] trains will operate in Brooklyn and on the 6th Avenue [D] line in Manhattan. [R] service ends early in Manhattan, Queens and in Brooklyn between 36th Street and Court Street each night.

[N] trains operate in two sections:

1. Between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza

2. Between Stillwell Avenue and the Court Street [R] station

Customers should use these travel alternatives:

• Take the [7] for service between Queens and Manhattan.

• Take the [2] [4] [D] [F] and [Q] for service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

• In Manhattan, use nearby stations on other lines instead.

• Transfer between trains at Queensboro Plaza [7] [N], 5th Avenue-42nd Street-Bryant Park [7] [D] [F] [Q], Jay Street-MetroTech [A] [F] [N] and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center [2] [4] [D] [N] [Q].

[Q] trains operate as follows:

• Manhattan-bound, after DeKalb Avenue, [Q] trains run via the [D] line to 47th -50th Sts, then to the 57th Street [F] station, the last stop.

• Coney Island-bound, trains originate at the 57th Street [F] station, then run via the [D] line to Brooklyn. Regular Coney Island-bound [Q] service resumes after DeKalb Avenue.

For travel alternatives, customers should:

• Take the [Q] to/from 6th Avenue stations in Manhattan.

• Transfer between trains at 5th Avenue-42nd Street-Bryant Park [7] [D] [F] [Q] and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center [2] [4] [D] [N] [Q].

During the June 2013 FASTRACK on the [N] [Q] stations in Manhattan, maintenance workers removed 166,300 pounds of scrap and debris, cleared 1,255 third rail defects, serviced 25 switches and 44 signals, cleared 2,650 feet of track drain, cleaned and tested 505 public address system speakers, and replaced 820 tunnel light bulbs.

These FASTRACK efforts have been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods. Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish. Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at

The following FASTRACK will be on the weekend of October 5 and 6. There will be no service on the [D] line between Coney Island/Stillwell Av and Bay Pkwy and no [N] service between Coney Island/Stillwell Av and 86th Street from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

The first weekend FASTRACK on the [D] and [N] elevated track in southern Brooklyn was in April 2013. Maintenance workers serviced two switches and eight signals and installed various switch components at the Bay 50th interlocking. Crews also replaced rails and welded switch components that permit the wheels on one rail of track to cross to an intersecting rail.

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