Metro-North to Adjust Schedules to Support State of Good Repair ProjectsWritten by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
NEW YORK–MTA Metro-North Railroad this week announced upcoming schedule adjustments on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines to support state of good repair work. The new schedule will go into effect on Sunday, March 26, and be in effect through Saturday, June 10. The minor adjustments on the schedule will support ongoing infrastructure improvements happening on all three of the railroad’s East of Hudson lines.
“Metro-North made some strategic adjustments to minimize impact to most customers, while also allowing us to complete vital state of good repair work,” said Metro-North Railroad President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “The fun part of the schedule update is the return of the Yankee Clipper service. Baseball season is always an enjoyable time for the region as it means warmer weather is right around the corner, and with direct service options, Metro-North remains an attractive option for Yankees fans to get to the game.”
Weekday service on all three lines and weekend service on the Harlem and New Haven Lines will see minor changes for some trains at select stations. Weekend service on the Hudson Line has significant adjustments. Customers are encouraged to check TrainTime or new.mta.info to see if their normal train time has been adjusted. Here is what is going on along each line, and schedule adjustments being made to accommodate the work.
Weekday service on the Hudson Line will see only minor adjustments.
Metro-North is replacing track switches near Morris Heights and Marble Hill, in the most capacity-constrained segments of the Bronx. This significant infrastructure work requires that weekend Hudson Line service be temporarily reduced to one local train and one express train hourly in each direction. Weekend schedules also accommodate projects including the Park Avenue Viaduct Replacement Project work happening near the Harlem River Lift Bridge, the Hudson Express Cable Project between Cortlandt and Manitou, and additional signal work and other state of good repair work occurring along the line.
There will be minor adjustments to train times during the evening rush hour to select Upper Harlem trains to minimize station congestion at Southeast. There is an ongoing platform-renewal project at North White Plains and grade-crossing replacement work occurring further north near the Valhalla station.
New Haven Line
There are ongoing infrastructure improvements along the New Haven Line, both in New York and Connecticut. On the New York side of the line, Metro-North crews are working on the replacement of overhead bridges in Mt. Vernon, an electrical substation replacement in Pelham, and switch work in New Rochelle.
In partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, there is elevator and escalator replacement work at Stamford station that requires one platform to be taken out of service. To accommodate this project and minimize crowding and train congestion, four Grand Central-bound morning rush hour trains will continue to bypass Stamford. Going towards New Haven, nine trains in the morning and evening rush hour will continue to bypass the station.
Other infrastructure improvement work happening in Connecticut includes rail replacement between Stamford and South Norwalk, catenary work associated with the Walk Bridge Replacement Project, and the continuation of Metro-North’s SmartTrack state of good repair work between Milford and New Haven.