As the New York Yankees move into the playoffs with a 6:07 p.m. start tonight against the Minnesota Twins for the American League division series, Metro-North Railroad stepped up to the plate to provide special direct trains to the stadium from all three lines, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven.
There will be three extra Yankee Clipper trains on the Hudson Line to the new Yankees – E. 153rd Street Station as well as one direct Yankee Clipper train on both the Harlem and the New Haven lines. Fans also can take any train to Manhattan's Harlem – 125th Street Station and transfer to the stadium shuttle trains that operate every 20 minutes beginning two hours before the game. Make sure to purchase a round trip ticket to Yankees-E. 153 Street (even if you are changing trains at 125th Street.)
"Despite a game time that is in the heart of Metro-North's evening rush hour, the railroad wants to give fans the opportunity to try our great game day service and experience the ease of beating stadium traffic," said Metro-North President Howard Permut. "Although the railroad does not have a lot of extra train cars or a lot of extra track capacity on a weeknight at 6 o'clock, we felt that this playoff home stand series will allow us to attract fans who we hope will become regular customers."
On The Hudson Line, the three special Yankee Clippers depart Croton-Harmon at 3:55 p.m. and 4:57 p.m. from Poughkeepsie at 3:30 p.m.
The New Haven Line direct train departs New Haven's Union Station at 2:45 p.m. and makes major New Haven Line stops and then runs express from Stamford to Yankees - E. 153rd, arriving at 4:21 p.m.
The Harlem Line direct train departs Southeast at 3:20 p.m. and makes all local stops to Mount Vernon West at 4:31 p.m. then operates non-stop to Yankees - E. 153rd Street, arriving at 4:52 p.m.
After the game, there will be two direct trains on the Harlem and three direct trains on the New Haven. Departures times for these trains will be posted on station monitors after the games ends, with the last direct train departure typically leaving 45 minutes after the last out.
There will be two Harlem line direct trains after the game, an express to White Plains, which then makes local stops to Southeast and an all-stop local from Mount Vernon West to Southeast.
There will three direct post-game trains on the New Haven Line, two expresses to Stamford, which then make local stops to New Haven and the last train will be an all-stop local from Mount Vernon East to New Haven.
The same service will be provided for Game 2 on October 9 of the playoffs. And if additional post-season games are scheduled, Metro-North will operate special train service for all Yankee home games throughout the series. Once game dates and times are established, check the Metro-North website at http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/yankee_service.htm or for more information or call 212-532-4900.