MTA Press Releases

Press Release
June 24, 2019
IMMEDIATE
New Metro-North Hudson and Harlem Line Schedules Take Effect on Sunday, June 30
New Schedules to Provide Return of Full Weekend Service on Hudson Line and Minor Adjustments to Harlem Line Train Times

Metro-North Railroad today announced that new schedules on the Hudson Line and Harlem Line will take effect on Sunday, June 30.  The new schedules bring the return of full weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie on the Hudson Line, as well as additional trains in the morning and afternoon. Major infrastructure projects will be underway on the Harlem Line this summer, resulting in minor schedule adjustments and more reliable and dependable service for customers.

Hudson Line

Metro-North crews completed this season’s work towards the replacement of a critical track-switching center south of Poughkeepsie, resulting in the restoration of full weekend service on the Hudson Line.  When the Hudson Line schedule change takes effect, customers can expect hourly weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie, as well as three additional trains on Saturday and two extra trains on Sunday. This increase in service comes just in time for summer visits to popular, well-known attractions in the Upper Hudson valley.  There’s good news for Yankee fans, too; the completed track work also means the return of extra “Yankee Clipper” trains on weekends between Poughkeepsie and Yankees-East 153rd Street station.

For a detailed Hudson Line weekday schedule, customers may visit: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HUD_JUNE_30_2019_MF.pdf

For a detailed Hudson Line weekend schedule, customers may visit: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HUD_JUNE_30_2019_SS.pdf

Harlem Line

Metro-North crews will be out in force on the Harlem Line this summer making aggressive infrastructure improvements in the Bronx.  The railroad will put its new SMARTRACK program into action, strategically shutting down a continuous segment of track between Woodlawn and Mott Haven so that multiple work groups have uninterrupted access to maintain and enhance the system. Crews will make drainage improvements, replace rail and install new ties.  

As a result of these upgrades to the Harlem Line in the Bronx, the following service adjustments will be in place

  • Train station stops at Melrose and Tremont will be suspended on weekdays. Substitute bus service will be provided to and from Fordham.  Weekend train service at Melrose and Tremont will continue.  
  • The current 8:01 a.m. local from Mt. Vernon West to Grand Central Terminal will not operate. The 7:57 a.m. train from North White Plains, will add stops at Mt. Vernon West at 8:15 a.m. and Wakefield at 8:17 a.m. the 6:55 a.m. train from Southeast, will add a stop at Woodlawn at 8:01 a.m.  The 7 a.m. train from Goldens Bridge, will add stops at Williams Bridge at 7:59 a.m., Botanical Garden at 8:02 a.m. and Fordham at 8:04 a.m.
  • Most peak-hour trains will have minor adjustments of 1-2 minutes.

Weekday trains return to serving Melrose and Tremont effective with the September 29 schedule change.

For a detailed Harlem Line weekday schedule, customers may visit: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HAR_JUNE_30_2019_MF.pdf

For a detailed Harlem Line weekend schedule, customers may visit: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HAR_JUNE_30_2019_SS.pdf

Many Ways to Stay Connected

Information about the planned schedule change noted in this press release, and all planned service changes, is available through Metro-North Railroad’s real-time service information sources.

MYmta app & MTA.info – Customers who use the new, comprehensive MYmta app will see real-time travel information for Metro-North and connecting services all in one place, with push notifications when service is not operating normally. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route. The Metro-North Train Time app also remains available for customers to access Metro-North train information. The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line, updated every minute. 

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.

@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.

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.