MTA Press Releases

Press Release
November 27, 2018
Metro-North Crews to Make Improvements to Hudson Line Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2
Weekend Schedule Change to Select Trains in Effect to Accommodate Infrastructure Improvement

MTA Metro-North Railroad advises customers that this weekend, Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, crews will make improvements to the Hudson Line in the area between Manitou and Beacon.

Metro-North crews will resurface track south of Breakneck Ridge, which will help ensure that customers enjoy a smooth ride and safe, reliable service.

This track work will require single-track operation for a distance of 13 miles between Manitou and Beacon, resulting in minor schedule adjustments for certain trains this weekend.

To accommodate this work, trains operating between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal will run on an hourly schedule. Local trains operating between Grand Central Terminal and Croton-Harmon are not affected by this adjustment and will run on a regular weekend schedule.

Regular train service resumes on Monday, December  3.

The following schedule adjustments will be made for Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2:

Southbound to Grand Central Terminal

  • Four trains departing Poughkeepsie at 8:37 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., and 3:40 p.m. will be canceled.
  • Trains departing Poughkeepsie between 7:50 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. will depart 15 minutes earlier and will stop at all stations 15 minutes earlier than the normally scheduled departure.

Northbound to Poughkeepsie

  • Four trains departing Grand Central Terminal at 4:14 p.m., 5:14 p.m., 6:14 p.m., and 8:14 p.m. will be canceled.
  • All trains from Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie will depart 15 minutes later and will arrive at all stations 15 minutes later than the current timetable (see the September 30 schedule).

For a detailed schedule, customers may visit:

Many Channels for Service Updates

Information about the planned service 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 – 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 is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line, updated every minute. In addition, customers can visit to see special service notices in the upper center of the page.

Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting 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.