March 11, 2014
MTA Metro-North Railroad to Offer Extra Service for St. Patrick’s Day
Extra Trains Readied for Hudson and Harlem Lines; Alcohol Is Banned from Trains
With the 253rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Monday, March 17, Metro-North will ban alcohol to maintain orderly train service and is planning to run up to six extra inbound trains to help accommodate revelers heading to the parade. Going home, one extra train will run on the Hudson Line.
An extra train will depart from Poughkeepsie at 8:22 a.m. and stop at New Hamburg (8:32a.m.) and Beacon (8:41 a.m.) before running express to Harlem-125th Street (9:46 a.m.) and Grand Central Terminal (10:01 a.m.).
Five other standby trains will be pre-positioned, crewed, and ready to pick up passengers on the Harlem and Hudson Lines as demand warrants. In the afternoon, an additional train will run on the Hudson Line, departing Grand Central as demand warrants. Metro-North staff will be located at key stations observing the number of customers awaiting trains. The railroad is prepared to make minute-by-minute decisions about when to operate the extra trains.
To ensure order aboard and to assure that fares are collected, conductors will be posted at Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon to collect tickets before customers board trains.
This procedure, called gate collection, is commonly used at Grand Central after other high volume travel days, such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Customers should buy round trip tickets in advance at their home stations using ticket machines and ticket offices. (Special machines are being installed for the day at Beacon in the underpass.) Because large crowds are expected, customers should get to the station early to buy tickets. In an effort to maintain orderly travel for customers, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms or at stations on Monday, March 17. Any alcoholic beverages found by MTA Police on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA Police. For more details go to the schedules page at www.mta.info/mnr or call Metro-North’s Customer Service Center at 511. In Connecticut, call 877-690-5114.