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

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 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:

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MTA Bus Driver Busted For Being Drunk

This week’s winner of the “I Fucked Up Big Time” Award goes to 40 year old Derrick Sanchez, a MTA Bus driver who was busted for being drunk and sitting in his wrecked car. Adam Shrier of the New York Daily News has more:

Cops caught a drunken off-duty MTA bus driver idling behind the wheel of his wrecked car outside a Bronx mall late Saturday.

Mall-goers outside the Pelham Manor Shopping Plaza called police after seeing Derrick Sanchez, 40, sitting in the damaged 2013 BMW around 11:20 p.m., according to authorities.

Police suspect Sanchez crashed his car shortly before he was found.

Medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and tested positive for driving while impaired, officials said.

Click here for the complete report.

I find it hard to believe he will be able to keep his job after this. While people do make mistakes as no one is perfect, it is hard to just sweep it under the rug that of all things, a bus driver was arrested for drunk driving.

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Paying More For Less

In a story that will anger NYC Subway riders more than they already are, a dirty secret known to most transit aficionados has come out showing that we are paying more in fares but getting less service compared to 10 years ago. Uday Schultz of Streetsblog NYC has more:

Subway service today is atrocious, that much is clear. During rush hours, crowding and delays have reached crisis proportions, and off-peak, the wait for a train can seem interminable.

There are a number of culprits, including the failure to adequately maintain and upgrade track and signals, and the profusion of unnecessary timers slowing down trains. But one simple factor doesn’t get mentioned enough: During off-peak hours, the MTA doesn’t run as many trains as it used to.

The service reductions mainly stem from the financial crisis of 2008, when MTA revenues nosedived. While Albany enacted an MTA funding package in 2009 to prevent a total collapse of service, the agency balanced its budget with a round of deep service cuts in 2010.

For subways, the cuts mainly affected off-peak service. It’s a logical way to allocate resources when budgets are tight, but those times are also when subway ridership has recently seen significant growth. Off-peak service still hasn’t been restored to its former levels, so more people are riding the subway at times when the MTA is running less service than it provided 10 years ago.

These service cuts are especially painful for people who work outside conventional office hours, including New Yorkers doing shifts on nights and weekends. Let’s look at a few examples to see how these systemwide service cuts have contributed to the diminished utility of the system.

Back in 2008, the midday A train came as frequently as every six minutes during on weekdays. Similarly, on Saturdays, going northbound, service every eight minutes began at 6:30 a.m. and lasted until about 5:30 p.m. That’s 11 hours of frequent, useful A service. On Sundays, too, the MTA delivered, with trains running every eight minutes in the late afternoons, getting people home promptly before the week began again.

Today, during weekday midday hours, the A runs a measly seven or so trains per hour — once every nine minutes. On Saturdays, the window of eight-minute headways lasts about nine hours, not 11. And on Sundays, service every 10 minutes is as good as it gets. Keep in mind that the A splits in two at Rockaway Boulevard, so what may be barely-adequate on the main line equates to 20-minute headways on the branches to Lefferts Boulevard and the Rockaways.

On the R, weekend trains ran every eight minutes for 10 hours on Saturday, and six of Sunday in 2008. But today, the line runs no more than every 10 minutes on the weekends.

Most disturbing is the J. The 2008 version of J train service often arrived every eight minutes during off-peak hours. Today, the only time the J arrives more frequently than once every 10 minutes is during the weekday rush.

This is just a sample of the service reductions. While the MTA has restored some of the service cut in 2010, especially rush-hour service, off-peak service on most if not all subway lines remains below the level of 10 years ago. It has become the new normal.

Sadly the line in the article of service being below the level of 10 years ago equating to being the new normal is 100% accurate. It is quite pathetic that in this day & age as population increases dramatically throughout the system, the agency gets away with not only poorer service but less of it overall. A lot of this falls back on not only the agency itself but the politicians who purposely go out of their way to not properly fund the system.

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LIRR Meeting Equals More Of The Same

On the heels of the report coming out showing the MTA Long Island Rail Road had its worst month of on time performance in 22 years, the much maligned agency held a board meeting to discuss solutions. Unfortunately after hearing the suggestions put forth, it just sounded like more of the same.

Yes, the agency acknowledges the need for infrastructure upgrades such as signal & track work. However my biggest pet peeve is the whole call to action to improve communication with riders. LIRR riders have been hearing that same tired canned solution after every issue involving the agency.

While I acknowledge that they have improved in ways with communication, this is not what riders care about most, they just want reliable service without the daily barrage of mishaps. Every few years the fares get raised yet we get more inferior service with it which is a complete slap in the face.

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