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3/21/2006



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Metro-North to begin operating earlier morning trains



On April 2, MTA Metro-North Railroad will implement a new timetable that adds 19 weekday and 11 weekend trains, increasing service levels 2.7 percent. Under the new timetable, Metro-North will operate 625 weekday trains.

Earlier this year, Metro-North officials surveyed passengers to determine what service changes they wanted. The majority said they’d like earlier arrivals at Grand Central Terminal and more express service.

During the past five years, inbound ridership between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. has increased 23 percent, so the agency is adding early-bird inbound trains that will arrive at Grand Central between eight and 25 minutes earlier than the current timetable, with the first train arriving at 5:40 a.m.

Metro-North also will add a northbound Hudson Line train that will depart Grand Central at 5:45 a.m. to provide early morning reverse peak service, and expand and reconfigure its early morning weekday and weekend timetables to include new express service from the outer segments of its three lines.

In addition, the agency will add outbound express service on the Hudson and Harlem lines, and more mid-day and evening service on the New Haven Line.




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