Metro-North To Start Shutdown At Noon Tom.

Late this afternoon, the MTA Metro-North Railroad announced it will begin a service shutdown at noon tomorrow due to the expected landfall of Hurricane Irene. The agency sent out a press release which lists the last trains that will be in service tomorrow on the respective branches:

Metro-North’s storm preparations have begun and normal train service will continue through Saturday at noon.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, Metro-North will begin shutting down its service in advance of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene. The shutdown will be as orderly as possible and early enough so that all trains en route will be able to complete their runs.

Metro-North urges its customers: Don’t take chances and don’t wait until the last minute to make sure that your family is safe and secure.

Grand Central Terminal and all outlying Metro-North station buildings will be closed for the duration of the service suspension. In preparation, train equipment is being moved out of low-lying locations known to be prone to flooding, such as the east end of the yard in New Haven and Highbridge and Mott Haven yards in the Bronx. In addition, the wooden crossing gates at grade crossings systemwide will be removed and secured. These gates are susceptible to high winds. All routine track work and capital construction work has been suspended.

Below is a list of the last trains to operate on Saturday:

Hudson Line:

Northbound: The 11:45 AM train from Grand Central, due Poughkeepsie at 1:35 PM.

Northbound: The 12:20 PM train from Grand Central, due Croton-Harmon at 1:28 PM.

Southbound: The 11:40 AM train from Poughkeepsie, due Grand Central at 1:21 PM.

Southbound: The 12:00 PM train from Croton-Harmon, due Grand Central at 1:07 PM.

Harlem Line:

Northbound: The 11:48 AM train from Grand Central, due Southeast at 1:18 PM.

Northbound: The 11:55 AM train from Grand Central, due North White Plains at 12:43 PM.

Southbound: The 11:34 AM train from Southeast, due Grand Central at 12:40 PM.

Southbound: The 12:08 PM train from North White Plains, due Grand Central at 1:03 PM.

Wassaic Branch:

Northbound: The 1:21 PM train from Southeast, due Wassaic at 2:05 PM.

Southbound: The 10:26 AM train from Wassaic, due Southeast at 11:06 AM.

New Haven Line:

Eastbound: The 12:07 PM train from Grand Central, due New Haven at 1:54 PM.

Eastbound: The 12:10 PM train from Grand Central, due Stamford at 1:17 PM.

Westbound: The 12:03 PM train from Stamford, due Grand Central at 1:09 PM.

Westbound: The 11:56 AM train from New Haven, due Grand Central at 12:43 PM.

Westbound: The 11:30 AM and 11:56 AM trains from New Haven will make all stops to Grand Central.

New Canaan Branch:

Eastbound: The 12:57 PM train from Stamford, due New Canaan at 1:14 PM.

Westbound: The 12:27 PM train from New Canaan, due Stamford at 12:43 PM.

Danbury Branch:

Northbound: The 12:11 PM train from South Norwalk, due Danbury at 1:02 PM.

Southbound: The 10:43 AM train from Danbury, due South Norwalk at 11:31 AM.

Waterbury Branch:

Northbound: The 11:34 AM train from Bridgeport, due Waterbury at 12:37 PM.

Southbound: The 10:19 AM train from Waterbury, due Bridgeport at 11:12 AM.

Port Jervis Line:

Outbound: The 1:14 PM out of Penn Station/1:25 out of Hoboken due Port Jervis at 3:53 PM

Inbound: The 10:46 AM out of Port Jervis, due Hoboken at 1:19 PM and Penn Station at 1:35 PM.

Pascack Valley Line:

Outbound: The 12:20 out of Hoboken/12:14 out of Penn Station due Spring Valley at 1:37 PM.

Inbound: The 11:37 AM out of Spring Valley due Penn Station at 12:41 PM. and Hoboken at 12:28 PM.

To prepare for Hurricane Irene:

Check for updates and service changes.

West-of-Hudson Customers: For NJ TRANSIT travel information and current service status, please

Call the Customer Information Center at 212-532-4900 which will have an upfront message giving you the current status of our service.

Listen to radio and television news. During any storm or emergency, we are in touch with the news media, giving updates on the status of our train service.

Use Metro-North Train Time or CooCoo services for real-time train status and schedule information.

Stay tuned here for any latest updates as I receive them.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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