Major Additions to Metro-North Railroad Service Begin

MTA Metro-North Railroad train service increases today with new timetables that return weekend service to full pre-pandemic levels and add 102 trains each weekday, bringing the railroad to 82% of weekday pre-pandemic levels. Direct weekday service between Grand Central and Wassaic and Grand Central and New Canaan resumes, as will ferry service between Haverstraw and Ossining and between Newburgh and Beacon on the Hudson Line. The increases come as Metro-North prepares for a post-Labor Day return to schools and offices.

Direct Service Between New York City and Wassaic and New Canaan

Direct service between Grand Central Terminal and both Wassaic and New Canaan returns as both the Upper Harlem Line and the New Canaan Branch return to near full service levels. There are two direct, one-seat rides in each direction between Grand Central and Wassaic, while four morning peak trains from New Canaan to Grand Central and three afternoon peak trains from Grand Central to New Canaan are restored. These “one-seat rides” will allow Dutchess County and New Canaan residents once again to enjoy easier access to New York City without needing to transfer at Southeast or Stamford to a main-line train.

Hudson River Ferries Resume

The Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon ferry services will resume on Monday, August 30. Ferries will connect with morning and afternoon peak trains.
Waterbury Branch

Substitute busing on the Waterbury Branch will remain in effect while Metro-North and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) complete extensive renovations and upgrades on the Branch. Work is expected to be completed by late September.

Labor Day Service

On Friday, September 3, Metro-North will complement its new, expanded weekday schedule with additional early, getaway trains. Details on the additional trains will be available closer to Labor Day weekend.  On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, Metro-North will operate an expanded Sunday train schedule.

-via Press Release 

This article was posted on: August 30, 2021