Metro-North is Adding 79 Trains Each Week!

With the new October 14, 2012 timetable, train service on weekends and off-peak periods will get a big boost with the addition of 79 trains each week.

These new trains will provide increased frequency in the most popular off-peak and weekend time periods, as well as faster travel times and improved customer comfort by adding cars on weekend trains that are usually crowded.

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Combined with another 151 new trains each week coming in April 2013, this is the biggest service enhancement in Metro-North Railroad history.

On the New Haven Line, there are 15 additional weekday and 30 additional weekend trains.

On the Harlem Line there are 24 additional weekend trains.

And on the Pascack Valley Line there is a new round trip each weekday for a total of 10 additional trains each week - a new 7:59 AM New York State express train out of Spring Valley to Hoboken/New York-Penn Station and a new 7:20 PM train out of Hoboken that will operate Monday through Thursday. On Friday afternoons, a new, pre-rush hour, semi-express will leave Hoboken at 2:58 PM (Penn Station at 2:51 PM) for the early getaway crowd.

On the Hudson Line, there is only one change: On weekends, the 8:55 PM train to Poughkeepsie will depart Grand Central five minutes earlier at 8:50 PM.

On all East of Hudson lines, Metro-North will provide more seats to accommodate weekend ridership growth by adding extra cars to existing trains that are now a little crowded.

On the Harlem Line, the new schedule will provide half-hourly service at many stations during key higher-ridership times of the day on Saturdays and Sundays between Southeast and Grand Central. It will also provide half-hourly service at key high-ridership times on Sundays between North White Plains and Grand Central.

Harlem Line customers in the Bronx also will see half-hourly service at most stations in the mid-day on weekdays.

On the New Haven Line, the new schedule will provide half-hourly service at many stations during the key higher-ridership times of the day on Saturdays and Sundays between New Haven and Grand Central. In addition, there will be half-hourly service during the key higher-ridership times of the day on Sunday between Stamford and Grand Central.

On the Danbury Branch the 6:51 AM from Danbury will operate as an express from South Norwalk to Grand Central to relieve overcrowding and provide a 10-minute faster ride. A new train will cover main line stops previously covered by the 6:51 AM Danbury train.

There will be two new reverse peak trains on the New Haven Line, one departing Grand Central at 6:26 AM and another departing Grand Central at 8:07 AM.

The new schedule also will provide hourly service at all New Haven Line main line stations in the off-peak and weekends by adding stops to existing trains on the east end of the line.

For all changes, please check the new printed timetables, available now, or go to mta.info.

As the winter holidays get closer, the popular Shoppers' Specials will return to accommodate heavier weekend ridership. These trains will be included in the November reprint of the October 14 schedule.

From mid- November though the end of the year, there will be 18 Shoppers' Special trains on Saturdays on the New Haven Line and 13 on Sundays.

On the Harlem line, there will be four Shoppers' Special trains each Sunday from mid-November through December 30.

The next East of Hudson schedule change is planned for April 6, 2013.

The next schedule change for the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines also will be in spring 2013, with an exact date to be determined.