Metro-North Adds 187 Trains Each Week
On Sunday April 7, 2013, Metro-North Railroad is implementing its biggest and most ambitious service expansion in its 30-year history.
This second round of service investments provides an additional 187 trains per week in addition to the 56 trains added last October. Together this is an increase of 5.6% in the number of trains Metro-North operates each week.
The new timetables will include increased off-peak and weekend train frequencies as well as faster service to many customers.
In addition to adding off-peak and weekend trains, existing trains will be making additional stops to increase frequency at key stations.
Metro-North is counting on this extraordinary service expansion to make the railroad even more attractive than ever.
Key improvements include: 85 additional weekday and 22 additional weekend trains on the Hudson Line; 65 additional weekday and 6 additional weekend trains on the Harlem Line; and 9 additional weekend trains on the New Haven Line.
On the Hudson Line the improvements will:
- Provide new half-hourly service at Spuyten Duyvil, Riverdale, and Irvington stations during weekday off-peak times and most of the day on weekends. This increase is warranted as ridership continues to grow at these stations. To accomplish this at no additional cost, about 20 trains per day on weekdays and about 30 trains on Saturdays and 23 trains on Sundays will make these additional stops.
- Provide three trains per hour at Ossining and Tarrytown, which are two of the highest ridership stations on the Hudson Line.
- Provide additional service at most Hudson Line Bronx stations in the key reverse commuting time periods.
- Provide additional Upper Hudson Line service on weekdays and weekends at key high-ridership and reverse commuting time periods.
On the Harlem Line the improvements will:
- Provide new half-hourly service at larger stations during the key higher-ridership times of the day on weekdays between Southeast and GCT.
- Provide additional PM Peak service between GCT and Southeast.
- Provide three trains per hour during select off-peak hours at Scarsdale and Hartsdale, and four trains per hour at White Plains and North White Plains stations, all of which are the highest ridership stations on the Harlem Line.
- Provide additional half-hourly service on Sunday between North White Plains and GCT.
New Haven Line:
- Provide additional half-hourly service on Sunday between Stamford and GCT.