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Press Release
June 2, 2008
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Route 7 Roadwork Means Buses on the Danbury Branch This Weekend

Installation of culverts under the railroad tracks in Wilton as part of the Route 7 Project necessitates the use of buses for Danbury Branch train service this weekend, MTA Metro-North Railroad announced.

From Saturday, June 7 through Sunday, June 8, buses will follow the train schedule. About 260 people use the Danbury Branch each weekend day on six trains in each direction.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will do an open cut excavation at Wilton as part of its project to widen Route 7.

Press Release
May 28, 2008
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Metro-North Employees Save Life of Man Struck by a Train

Six Metro-North employees whose quick thinking and selflessness saved the life of a man who was struck by a train were honored Wednesday by the Executive Director and board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

On May 16, at 4:04 p.m., the engineer of a Hudson Line train saw a trespasser lying on the ground with his feet on the rail. Although the engineer immediately applied the emergency brakes and sounded the horn, the train couldn't stop in time and hit the trespasser.

Press Release
May 27, 2008
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Grand Central Terminal's Station Master's Offices Goes Wireless

The Station Master's Office in Grand Central Terminal, long an oasis with spacious benches, restrooms and an eye-pleasing floral mural, is now a "hot spot" for free wireless internet access.

MTA Metro-North Railroad customers can now turn on their laptops and surf the net or check e-mail while waiting for a train.

"Metro-North is pleased to offer this amenity to our customers," said Metro-North President Peter A. Cannito. "In fact, we're confident that the Station Master's Office will become even more popular now that WiFi service has been established."

Press Release
May 22, 2008
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MTA Metro-North Railroad and New York State Department of Transportation Make Plans to Minimize Impacts in the Event of a Strike by Short Line Bus Company

In the face of a potential strike by employees of Coach USA/Short Line bus company at midnight tonight, MTA Metro-North Railroad is making plans to increase service on the Port Jervis Line, the Newburgh to Beacon bus and the Newburgh to Beacon ferry.

Press Release
May 20, 2008
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Early Getaway Trains Aplenty for Memorial Day Weekend

To help get the Memorial Day Weekend off to an early start, Metro-North offers lots of extra outbound "getaway service" on Friday, May 23. All departures are from Grand Central.

Hudson Line: There are four extra trains departing from Grand Central Terminal, two Croton-Harmon expresses at 1:45 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. and two Poughkeepsie expresses at 2:36 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.

Press Release
May 7, 2008
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Metro-North's Emergency Preparedness Exercise Draws From Reality

This Saturday in Yonkers, MTA Metro-North Railroad and the City of Yonkers will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise that is more like a thrilling crime story than a train accident.

The drill scenario goes like this: A Hudson Line train with 250 customers aboard is being patrolled by two MTA police officers. One officer's radiation detection device "goes off" as he passes a customer. When the officers try to interview the suspicious customer, the suspect knocks them down and runs off but is quickly captured and wrestled to the ground.

Press Release
May 5, 2008
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New Timetables Coming for Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines

Spring track work on the Northeast Corridor will require numerous timetable adjustments to Port Jervis and Pascack Valley line schedules. So be sure to pick up a new schedule for specific changes coming on May 11.

To allow Amtrak forces to replace concrete ties, departure and connection times are changing for Amtrak, NJTransit and for New York State customers on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.

Port Jervis Line

Press Release
April 30, 2008
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Weekend Track Work In New Jersey to Affect Rockland County Rail Service

NJTransit signal work this weekend between North Hackensack and Emerson stations in New Jersey will affect service on the Pascack Valley Line in Rockland County.

On Friday, May 2, the outbound trains departing Hoboken at 10:35 p.m. and 12:43 a.m. will incur delays of up to 15 minutes.

On Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, two inbound trains will be cancelled: the 9:10 a.m. and 11:19 a.m. departures from Spring Valley.

Also on those dates, May 3 and May 4, two outbound departures from Hoboken will be cancelled: the 3:20 p.m. and 5:16 p.m.

Press Release
April 28, 2008
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Bottoms Up, and Prices Too

MTA Metro-North Railroad is seeking approval from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors to raise prices for its bar cars and bar carts to keep pace with inflation.

The bartenders, who have always elicited the highest ratings from thousands of Metro-North customers, provided bar car and cart service with a gross income of $5.2 million last year yielding a net income to the railroad of $607,000.

Press Release
April 22, 2008
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Grand Central Terminal's Iconic Incandescent Light Bulbs Switched to Compact Fluorescents

In time for Earth Day, MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed the conversion from bare, incandescent light bulbs to environmentally sustainable compact fluorescent light bulbs.

With more than 1,700 CFLs installed throughout the public areas of the terminal, the railroad expects to save more than $100,000 a year on utility bills and more than 100,000 kilowatt hours in electricity. And because these bulbs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, the railroad will save thousands of dollars on replacement costs.

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