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Press Release
August 18, 2017
IMMEDIATE
Metro-North to Make Upper Harlem Line Improvements on August 22 and August 25-27
Buses to Substitute for Certain Off-Peak Trains Between Wassaic and Southeast on August 22, and for Continuous Weekend Period August 25-27.

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that to ensure the on-going reliability and safety of the Harlem Line, Metro-North crews will perform critical work on the Upper Harlem Line on Tuesday, August 22, and for the continuous weekend period starting after 10 p.m. on Friday, August 25 until the first scheduled train on Monday, August 28. Metro-North crews are renewing the Mill Street crossing in Dover Plains, replacing the crossing surface, rails and ties. While this work is underway, crews will install a temporary crossing to keep traffic moving safely in and out of the hamlet. Elsewhere along the tracks, crews will cut brush and weld rail joints.

To accommodate this track work, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, buses will substitute for off-peak trains between Southeast and Wassaic on the Harlem Line. Buses will operate 15 – 30 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. After 10 p.m. on Friday, August 25, buses will replace trains at all stations between Wassaic and Southeast. Normal train service will resume with the first scheduled train on Monday, August 28.

Service details are below:

Southbound: Tuesday, August 22

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., buses will substitute for trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Bus service will operate 15 – 30 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times. Buses will connect with regularly scheduled trains at Southeast for continuing service to Grand Central Terminal.

For a bus and train schedule, customers should visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_8_22_Tuesday.pdf

Northbound: Tuesday, August 22

From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., buses will substitute for trains from Southeast to Wassaic, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic. Customers should allow up to 30 minutes in additional travel time, depending on the destination station.

For a bus and train schedule, customers should visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_8_22_Tuesday.pdf

Southbound: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

Starting with the usual 11:28 p.m. departure from Wassaic on Friday, August 25, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, buses will replace trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Bus service will operate 15 – 30 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times.

For a bus and train schedule, customers should visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_8_25_27.pdf

Northbound: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27

Starting with the 8:52 p.m. departure from Grand Central on Friday, August 25, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, trains from Grand Central to Southeast will connect with bus service at Southeast. Buses will make each train’s stops at: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic. Buses are scheduled to arrive at regularly scheduled train arrival times.

For a bus and train schedule, customers should visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_8_25_27.pdf

Metro-North has many channels for all schedule information and service updates.

Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.

MTA.info – The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at the left side of www.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each branch, updated every minute. In addition, customers can visit www.mta.info/mnr to see special service notices in the upper center of the page.

@MetroNorth on Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MetroNorth to receive updates of a similar nature to the email and text alerts, shortened to fit Twitter’s format.

Metro-North Train Time app – Customers who use the Metro-North Train Time app will see up-to-the-minute status for each upcoming train at each station. The app is available via the Apple Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android along with MTA eTix - Metro-North Railroad’s mobile ticketing app which allows customers to buy Metro-North tickets on their mobile device -- anytime, anywhere. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route.

The above communications channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, Metro-North will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.

For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the Metro-North’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: “Metro-North Railroad.” For customers calling from Connecticut, the number is: 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach Metro-North at 511.