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Press Release
September 22, 2008
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What Do 93,000 Metro-North Customers Have In Common?
The most comprehensive survey ever taken on Metro-North was conducted this past year with 93,000 customers responding to detailed questions ranging from travel patterns on Metro-North, how they get to and from the train station, the distances they travel just to get to Metro-North trains, and even their use of the trains during the weekends.
Press Release
September 22, 2008
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Metro-North Timetable Changes Arrive October 5th
MTA Metro-North Railroad has made timetable changes, effective October 5, that aim to please. Many of the changes were made at the request of New Haven Line customers. Here they are:

Weekdays on the New Haven Line, the 5:48 p.m. train departing Grand Central, which currently terminates at Bridgeport, will now make additional stops at Stratford. Milford, and New Haven, arriving there at 7:36 p.m. This change improves the frequency of service between Stamford and New Haven during the evening rush hour.

Press Release
September 19, 2008
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Bus Service From Ulster County to the Poughkeepsie Train Station Begins Monday The Ulster-Poughkeepsie LINK To Provide Convenient Seven-Day Access

Start up of a new bus service linking four Ulster County communities with Metro-North Railroad service at Poughkeepsie Station begins Monday, state and local transportation officials announced today.

To encourage people to try the LINK, the bus will be free from Monday September 22 through September 30.

With free Park & Ride lots in Rosendale, New Paltz and Highland, the new seven-day service that meets 25 express trains each weekday and 10 express trains each weekend day, is expected to ease the parking crunch at the Poughkeepsie Station.

Press Release
September 16, 2008
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Eco-Friendly Transportation Partnership A Success

Win a Weekend Getaway from Metro-North and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The idea of taking a train to pick up a rental car in the suburbs is catching on. Metro-North Railroad and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have teamed up to make out-of-town getaways easier for people in New York City and elsewhere who don't have cars.

Since the partnership began in April, usage has grown to more than 100 rentals a month.

Press Release
August 13, 2008
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Ridership on the Pascack Valley Line Explodes 40% in One Year

Since MTA Metro-North Railroad introduced weekend and mid-day off peak train service on the Pascack Valley Line in Rockland County, weekly ridership on the line has grown an astonishing 40% from spring 2007 to spring 2008.

All time periods, weekday peak, weekday off-peak and weekends, experienced significant increases on the New York State portion of the line. Combined weekly ridership on the Pascack Valley Line is now 11,634, highest in Metro-North history.

Press Release
July 21, 2008
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A New Weekend Train Is Being Added To Pascack Valley Line

The new weekend service on the Pascack Valley Line, which began last fall after a hiatus of four decades, is being expanded beginning Sunday August 3, 2008.

MTA Metro-North Railroad is adding a new inbound train on the Pascack Valley Line that departs Spring Valley at 7:10 p.m. making limited stops in New Jersey, and arriving in Hoboken at 8:28 p.m. and at Penn Station at 8:38 p.m.

This brings the number of daily weekend trains on the Pascack Valley Line to 24, a dozen in each direction. Ridership is now 250 each weekend day and growing.

Press Release
July 21, 2008
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New Bus Service to Link Ulster County and Poughkeepsie Train Station

Ulster County residents who want to catch a train at Poughkeepsie soon will be able to take a bus to the station rather than drive over the Mid-Hudson Bridge, pay the toll and hunt for parking.

MTA Metro-North Railroad, the New York State Department of Transportation and Ulster and Dutchess counties have teamed up to create the Ulster-Poughkeepsie LINK, a shuttle service that will operate seven days a week, meeting 25 trains each weekday and 10 trains each weekend day.

Press Release
July 16, 2008
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Road Detour Required While Metro-North Railroad Repairs Prospect Hill Bridge in Southeast

The Town of Southeast will close Prospect Hill Bridge beginning Monday July 21, 2008 so that MTA Metro-North Railroad can repair the 98-year-old bridge.

The 270-foot-long bridge, which was built in 1910 and has a load limit of five tons, carries Prospect Hill Road over the Harlem Line railroad tracks and parts of the Brewster Yard.

Metro-North, in consultation with the Town of Southeast, came up with the shortest possible detour which adds about two miles to the trip, rerouting traffic over to Route 312 to Route 6 to North Main Street.

Press Release
July 9, 2008
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Historic Poughkeepsie Station to Get A New Tile Roof

The original roof on the landmarked Poughkeepsie train station is getting a $5.8 million restoration, including new clay tiles, cornice, gutters and waterproofing. The building also will get a much-needed upgrade to its original sewer system.

This beautiful station, built between 1912 and 1918, is in the Beaux-Arts style and designed by Warren and Wetmore, prominent architects of the period who also designed Grand Central Terminal.

Press Release
July 9, 2008
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MTA Metro-North Railroad Introduces Hand Held Ticket Machines For Use On Board Trains to Improve Customer Service

After a successful pilot program last year, Metro-North Railroad is introducing ticket machines to all its conductors to modernize and simplify on-board ticket issuing. This technological innovation will improve customer service as well as the railroad's operating efficiency.

Using wireless connection, the devices will be able to receive text messages from Rail Traffic Controllers, which will give train crews up-to-the-minute information during service disruptions. This will enable train crews to keep customers better informed when delays occur.

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