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Press Release
March 17, 2011
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Emergency Reconstruction of the Danbury Branch Completed Trains to Resume Friday Morning

MTA Metro-North Railroad will resume train service on the Danbury Branch on Friday following completion of a major, emergency reconstruction by its forces of the earthen underpinning of a 150-foot-long section of track that had been washed away in a flood.

Press Release
March 9, 2011
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What Luck! Metr O'North Adds Train Service For Saint Patrick's Day Parade

MTA Metro-North Railroad is making it easy for people to attend New York City's 250th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade--which steps off on Thursday, March 17--with extra trains.

The Fifth Avenue parade route is an easy walk from Grand Central Terminal, so take the train to avoid traffic and parking woes and have a safe ride home after the daylong festivities.

Press Release
March 7, 2011
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New Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Timetables Effective March 13th

New timetables will go into effect on March 13th for Metro-North's Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines. Minor train time adjustments on both lines are reflected in the new schedules.

Some highlights of the schedule changes include:

On the Pascack Valley Line:

    The 4:58 PM train departing Hoboken (arriving Spring Valley at 6:09 PM) will depart 2 minutes later at 5 PM to allow for a better connection time at Secaucus Junction with the 4:52 PM train from Penn Station-NY.

Press Release
March 3, 2011
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Regular New Haven Line Train Service Resumes Monday, March 7th^Diesel Trains Return to Waterbury Branch as Bus Service Ends

MTA Metro-North Railroad announced today that the full schedule will be restored to the New Haven Line on Monday, since sufficient progress has been made on the backlog of repairs to New Haven Line rail cars and overcrowding has been reduced.

Diesel train service also will return to the Waterbury Branch, which has been served by substitute buses.  The two sets of diesel trains used by the branch had been pressed into service on the much busier main line because of the extreme shortage of electric rail cars, most of which are more than 35 years old.

Press Release
March 1, 2011
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MTA Metro-North Railroad Introduces First Set of M-8 Cars on the New Haven Line

On Tuesday, the first set of new M-8 cars rolled out of Stamford at 10:30 a.m. delighting Metro-North's customers with the latest in rail technology and comfort, arriving on time in Grand Central Terminal at 11:36 a.m.

In all, 380 new cars will replace a fleet that is well beyond its useful life and has been plagued with weather-related component failures this winter resulting in crowded trains and below normal on-time performance.

Press Release
February 18, 2011
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MTA Metro-North Railroad Partners with CooCoo:^Train Schedules via Text Message Using Any Cell Phone

MTA Metro-North Railroad customers can now get train schedules via text message (SMS) as part of a partnership with CooCoo, a Long Island-based text scheduling company.

For Metro-North information, use any cell phone to text a station-to-station request to 266266, which spells CooCoo, for example Rye to Grand Central, and get an immediate response.  The service is free.  Standard text messaging fees apply.

Press Release
February 17, 2011
IMMEDIATE
MTA Metro-North Railroad Posts Second Highest Ridership of All Time in 2010:^Trains On-Time 97.7% of the Time

Despite a still-bruising recession MTA Metro-North Railroad customers are coming back.  By the end of the year, overall ridership in 2010 was up 1.5% over 2009.

In 2010, Metro-North provided 81.1 million trips, the second-highest year on record, exceeded only in 2008, when 83.3 million people took trips on Metro-North.

Metro-North also achieved a stellar on-time record of 97.7% for the year, the sixth year in a row that trains performed at 97.5% on-time or better.

Press Release
February 14, 2011
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Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry Service Resumes Tomorrow

In a sure sign that spring must be just around the corner, Metro-North Railroad's ferry service between Haverstraw and Ossining, provided under contract by NY Waterway, is resuming tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15. Buses have served passengers on this route since ice clogged the Hudson River on January 24.

The commuter ferry service is synchronized with express trains serving Ossining, providing a more convenient trip for riders on the west side of the Hudson River.

Press Release
February 10, 2011
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Waterbury Branch Bus Substitution Schedule Altered to Improve Reliability

MTA Metro-North Railroad in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation is altering the schedule for bus substitutions on the Waterbury Branch in order to improve reliability and ensure that customers make the connection to train service at Bridgeport.

The buses will depart Waterbury Branch stations between 9 and 20 minutes prior to the scheduled train departure time so that no one will miss the connection at Bridgeport.

On the northbound trip from Bridgeport to Waterbury, buses will depart Bridgeport as soon as all customers are aboard.

Press Release
February 3, 2011
IMMEDIATE
New Haven Line Reduced Winter Schedule Takes Effect on Monday

Starting on Monday, February 7, Metro-North will introduce a Reduced Winter Schedule affecting New Haven Line rush-hour, peak-direction trains. This schedule reduces service by approximately 10% during peak hours. In nearly all cases, customers will be able to board a train within five minutes of their normal departure time, although in some cases trains will make more stops than normal. During this time, weekday off-peak service will not be affected.

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