New Metro North Schedules Start Mar 18

MTA Metro-North riders need to remember that new schedules will start on March 18 due to accommodating the White Plains Station Enhancement Project & track improvements. Here is more via the press release I received:

Metro-North Railroad reminds customers that changes to Harlem Line schedules, minor changes to Hudson Line schedules, and minor changes to New Haven Line schedules take effect this Sunday, March 18.

The new schedules allow Metro-North to begin an extensive three-year project to transform the White Plains station, making it safer, brighter, cleaner and easier to navigate.

The general scope of the $94 million investment in the station includes improved station entrances, new signage, platforms, energy efficient LED lighting, benches with USB chargers, station dashboards and totems to provide convenient access to information, upgrades to customer restrooms, as well as Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.  The station’s interior will get a major make-over; crews will install new wall panels, ceiling tiles and fixtures.

The White Plains Station is located in two-track territory. Indeed, the two-track segment across the nearly five miles between the vicinity of Scarsdale and North White Plains is the busiest segment of two-track railroad in Metro-North’s system, with more than 200 weekday trains.

For the duration of the White Plains project, one of the two tracks will be removed from service during off-peak and weekend hours to allow construction crews to have access to the platforms and to perform their work safely. The construction will not affect peak-hour weekday service, and peak-hour schedules remain unchanged.

While the first phase of improvements to the White Plains station is underway, Metro-North crews will also be out in force rehabilitating track between Scarsdale and Hartsdale. This work lays the foundation for plans to begin refurbishing both stations next year and requires off-peak single-tracking between Scarsdale and Hartsdale.

Elsewhere along the line, between Brewster and Southeast, crews will replace switches. This work requires single-tracking on weekends for three months for approximately 10 miles of track between Goldens Bridge and Southeast stations. To accommodate this track work, off-peak service will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly.

Details of the changes by line are as follows:

Harlem Line, Weekdays:

  • Twenty-eight Saturday and twenty Sunday local trains to and from North White Plains will no longer operate between Crestwood and North White Plains.
  • The northbound schedule pattern for most trains is revised to accommodate train meets at the ends of the single-track segments. As is the case during off-peak hours on weekdays, certain trains to and from Southeast that currently operate express between Harlem-125th Street and White Plains will add stops at Hartsdale, Scarsdale and/or Crestwood.
  • To accommodate the switch replacement project near Brewster, service between Grand Central Terminal and Southeast is reduced to hourly except inbound in the morning, and outbound in the late afternoon/evening. Half-hourly service will be restored with the Fall 2018 schedule change.
  • The through train service between Grand Central Terminal and Wassaic on weekends in both directions (one train in each direction each day) is replaced with shuttle trains between Southeast and Wassaic, with connections at Southeast. Overall travel time between Wassaic and Grand Central Terminal is about 10 minutes longer than on the through trains.
  • Up to four minutes of running time has been added to account for speed restrictions and to operate at reduced speed past track and station construction-workers on the adjacent track and platform.

Harlem Line, Weekends:

  • Twenty-eight Saturday and twenty Sunday local trains to and from North White Plains will no longer operate between Crestwood and North White Plains.
  • The northbound schedule for most trains is revised to accommodate train meets at the ends of the single-track segments. As is the case during off-peak hours on weekdays, certain trains to and from Southeast that currently operate express between Harlem-125th Street and White Plains will add stops at Hartsdale, Scarsdale and/or Crestwood.
  • To accommodate the switch replacement project near Brewster, service between Grand Central Terminal and Southeast is reduced to hourly except inbound in the morning, and outbound in the late afternoon/evening. Half hourly service will be restored with the fall 2018 schedule change.
  • The through train service between Grand Central Terminal and Wassaic on weekends in both directions (one train in each direction each day) is replaced with shuttle trains between Southeast and Wassaic, with connections at Southeast. Overall travel time between Wassaic and Grand Central Terminal is about 10 minutes longer than on the through trains.
  • Up to four minutes of running time has been added to account for speed restrictions and to operate at reduced speed past track and station construction-workers on the adjacent track and platform.

Hudson Line: Weekend

  • Northbound weekend trains to Poughkeepsie depart Grand Central Terminal two minutes later and trains to Croton-Harmon depart one minute later in order to support rescheduled Harlem Line service.

New Haven Line: Weekday

All weekday inbound trains will make stops at Rye, Harrison and Mamaroneck one minute earlier to support track work in the area.

 

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MTA NYCT St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Info

Here is the MTA NYC Transit’s service plan info for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday via the press release I received:

The following subway and bus changes will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday:

At the 77 St 6 line station, some staircases may be designated as entry/exit only, on both the uptown and downtown platforms due to crowd control.

If you’re traveling to the parade from Astoria, Queens, please note that n service will be suspended in both directions between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Times Sq-42 St due to critical track replacement work. As an alternative, free shuttle buses will operate between Astoria-Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza, and the 7 train will be available at Queensboro Plaza. Details about these changes are available on the Weekender app and website.

As a reminder some subway lines do not run on weekends: there will be no 67 express service.  b trains will not run, and customers are reminded to use the j instead of the z

The following NYC Transit and MTA Bus routes will be detoured in the area along the parade route:  M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M31, M50, M55, M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, X1, X10, X17, X27, X28, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, BxM10, BxM11, Q32 and most Staten Island Express buses. 

 

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MTA LIRR St. Patrick’s Day 2018 Info

Here is the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s service plan for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday via the press release I received:

The LIRR will operate 38 additional trains to/from Penn Station to help customers seeking to attend the parade. The schedules for these trains are available via the LIRR Train Time app and the LIRR website at http://web.mta.info/lirr/Timetable/. Scroll down to “NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17, 2018 Only” to find in the left hand column PDF files showing special schedules for eight branches.

An overview of the extra trains follows by branch.

Babylon Branch & Montauk Branch (14 Extra Trains)

  • Three extra trains will depart Babylon at 8:47 a.m., 9:47 a.m. and 10:47 a.m., making all stops through Rockville Centre, then Lynbrook, Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • An extra train will depart Speonk at 8:55 a.m., making all stops through Babylon, then Amityville, Massapequa, Bellmore, Freeport, Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • Three extra trains will depart Babylon at 9:18 a.m., 10:18 a.m. and 11:18 a.m., making all stops through Rockville Centre, Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.
  • Six extra trains to depart Penn Station at 2:38 p.m., 3:38 p.m., 4:38 p.m., 5:38 p.m., 6:38 p.m. and 7:38 p.m. will stop at Woodside, Jamaica, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre then all stops through Babylon.
  • An extra train to depart Penn Station at 5:11 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Freeport, Bellmore, Massapequa, Amityville, Babylon then all stops to Speonk.

Long Beach Branch (Two Extra Trains)

  • An extra train will departing Long Beach at 10:55 a.m., making all stops through Lynbrook, then Valley Stream, Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • An extra train to depart Penn Station at 5:16 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Valley Stream, Lynbrook then all stops to Long Beach.

Port Jefferson Branch (Six Extra Trains)

  • Two extra trains will depart Huntington, at 10:18 a.m. and 11:18 a.m., making all stops through Hicksville, then Mineola, Woodside and Penn Station.
  • An extra train will depart Port Jefferson at 8:25 a.m., making all stops through Hicksville, then Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • Two extra trains to depart Penn Station at 5:42 p.m. and 6:42 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and then all stops to Huntington.
  • An extra train departing Penn Station at 4:02 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Port Jefferson.

Port Washington Branch (Two Extra Trains)

  • Two extra trains will depart Great Neck, at 10:14 a.m. and 11:14 a.m., making all stops through Flushing, then Woodside and Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma Branch (14 Extra Trains)

  • Four extra trains will depart Ronkonkoma at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., making all stops Ronkonkoma through Bethpage except Pinelawn, then Hicksville, Westbury, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Penn Station.
  • Three extra trains will depart Ronkonkoma at 8:55 a.m., 9:55 a.m. & 10:55 a.m., making all stops Ronkonkoma through Bethpage except Pinelawn, then Hicksville, Jamaica and Penn Station.
  • Five extra trains to depart Penn Station at 3:35 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. will stop at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Westbury, Hicksville, Bethpage then all stops to Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.
  • Two extra trains to depart Penn Station at 5:29 p.m. and 6:29 p.m. will stop at Woodside, Jamaica, Bethpage then all stops through Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.

 

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Metro North St Patrick’s Day 2018 Info

Here is the upcoming MTA Metro-North Railroad service plan information for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday via the press release I received:

Metro-North will operate seven additional Grand Central-bound trains in the morning. In the afternoon/evening, Metro-North will have additional trains staged at Grand Central and ready to depart as needed. The details for the additional trains will be available via the Metro-North Train Time app and on schedules available via www.mta.info/mnr.

Harlem Line (Two Scheduled Extra Trains)

  • Departing Southeast at 9:30 a.m., stopping at Brewster, Croton Falls, Purdy’s, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Bedford Hills, Mt. Kisco, Chappaqua and Pleasantville and then operating express to Harlem-125th Street and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:59 a.m.
  • Departing North White Plains at 9:48 a.m., making all local stops to Mt Vernon West and then Harlem-125th Street and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:41 a.m.

For customers traveling to and from stations north of Goldens Bridge, there will be 5 to 10 minute delays due to infrastructure repair work. Metro-North is performing ongoing repairs to multiple downed power poles & lines damaged by the recent nor’easters.

Southbound Saturday afternoon trains scheduled to originate at Southeast will be reduced from half-hourly service to hourly service. Trains departing Southeast at 3:40 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 5:40 p.m. and 6:39 p.m. are cancelled between Southeast and Purdy’s and will originate at Goldens Bridge at 4:04 p.m., 5:04 p.m., 6:04 p.m. and 7:04 p.m., and operate normally from there to Grand Central Terminal.

All other scheduled trains from Southeast will operate, including departures to Grand Central Terminal at 3:12 p.m., 4:12 p.m., 5:12 p.m., 6:12 p.m. and 7:12 p.m. Customers planning to travel on Sunday, March 18, please note that substitute busing will be in effect between Southeast and Goldens Bridge. Check http://www.mta.info/mnr for details.

Hudson Line (Three Scheduled Extra Trains)

  • Departing Poughkeepsie at 7:37 a.m., stopping at New Hamburg at 7:47 a.m., Beacon at 7:55 a.m., and then operating express to Croton-Harmon and Harlem-125th Street, and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 9:20 a.m.
  • Departing Poughkeepsie at 8:37 a.m. stopping at New Hamburg at 8:47 a.m., Beacon at 8:55 a.m., and operating express to Croton-Harmon and Harlem-125th Street, and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:20 a.m.
  • Departing Poughkeepsie at 9:15 a.m., stopping at New Hamburg at 9:25 a.m., and stopping at Beacon at 9:33 a.m., then operating express to Croton-Harmon and Harlem-125th Street, and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 11 a.m.

New Haven Line (Two Scheduled Extra Trains)

  • Departing New Haven at 8:40 a.m., stopping at West Haven, Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield and Westport and then operating express to Harlem-125th Street and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 10:31 a.m.,
  • Departing Stamford at 9:50 a.m., making local stops and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 11:02 a.m.

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Buses Replace New Canaan Trains

The MTA Metro-North Railroad has announced that buses will replace some New Canaan branch trains due to a switch upgrade. Here are the complete details via the press release I received:

MTA Metro-North Railroad announced today that Metro-North crews will upgrade a switch on the New Canaan Branch this Saturday night, March 17.

The switch upgrade will help keep the New Canaan Branch running reliably and safely. To accommodate this work, substitute busing will be provided between New Canaan and Stamford stations after 10: 50 p.m. Regular train service resumes on Sunday with the 6:28 a.m. train from New Canaan and the 6:53 a.m. train from Stamford.

Buses traveling to Stamford will operate 15-20 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. At Stamford station, customers will connect with continuing train service to Grand Central Terminal.

Service details are below:

Substitute Bus Service between New Canaan and Stamford

Westbound, Saturday, March 17

An 11:11 p.m. bus will substitute for the 11:28 p.m. train from New Canaan to Stamford, making all station stops to Stamford.  Bus service will connect with the regularly scheduled 12:02 a.m. train at Stamford.

Eastbound, Saturday, March 17

After 10:50 p.m., buses will substitute for all trains departing from Stamford to New Canaan.  Buses will depart from the Stamford station at regularly scheduled train times.

For a detailed bus schedule, customers may visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/NewCanaan_March172018.pdf

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