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Metro-North records all-time best on-time performance in first quarter


MTA Metro-North Railroad reported systemwide on-time performance (OTP) of 98.8 percent during the year’s first three months — the highest quarterly OTP in the railroad’s history, according to the agency.

A continual focus on providing the best service, a mild winter and an increasing number of new M-8 rail cars in service on the New Haven Line were among the many factors contributing to the record, Metro-North officials said in a prepared statement.

During the first quarter, Metro-North had only one day (Jan. 19th) when OTP dipped below 95 percent, and 59 days out of 91 when it was at 99 percent or above. Systemwide OTP was 98.9 percent in January; 98.8 percent in February and 98.8 percent in March.

Also in March, the Hudson Line OTP was 98.8 percent, the Harlem was 99.2 percent and the New Haven was 98.6 percent. Weekday OTP was 98.86 percent during all time periods, while on the weekends it was 98.78 percent, officials said.

Consist compliance — reflecting the percent of trains that have the right number of seats to accommodate customers — remained “excellent” on all three lines at 99.8 percent, they said.

“We will continue to strive to meet the same standard for the remaining nine months of the year,” said President Howard Permut.

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