For Harlemites who travel on Metro-North at 125th Street, there is finally upcoming track improvement work by Metro-North means schedule adjustments for certain Harlem Line and Hudson Line trains. The changes will begin June 4, 2017, and be in effect through Oct. 7, 2017. Most of these temporary changes will be between one and six minutes, and many will affect peak commute trains both in the morning and afternoon.
During this 18 week period, Metro-North will conduct a $5 million comprehensive track improvement program between Mount Vernon West and Crestwood that will renew the railroad’s infrastructure and ensure continuing train safety and reliability. Crews will install 1,000 new crossties and 1,160 feet of new rail, improve drainage, renew the rail bed, and perform general clean-up of the area along the tracks.
To minimize the disruption, the project will remove one track at a time from service for an uninterrupted period in this three-track area, allowing several maintenance groups to work concurrently. To lessen the potential for rush hour train congestion and delays on this four-mile segment, Metro-North is making a number of temporary schedule changes as follows.
- 17 morning peak trains will operate between four minutes earlier and six minutes later.
- 5 morning reverse peak trains will operate between six minutes earlier and three minutes later.
- 11 afternoon peak trains will operate between two and six minutes later.
- 6 afternoon reverse peak trains will operate between four and eight minutes later.
There are no changes to Harlem Line weekend and holiday service.
On the Hudson Line, to accommodate adjusted Harlem Line trains on the shared approach to Grand Central Terminal, two p.m. peak trains will operate four minutes later.
On weekends, northbound Upper Hudson trains will operate up to ten minutes later at Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie because of a switch replacement project near Beacon.
New Haven Line
There are no schedule changes to the New Haven Line.
For More Information
New June 4 schedule information is available at www.mta.info/mnr and timetables are available at Grand Central Terminal and at outlying stations. The next schedule change for the New Haven Line, Harlem Line and Hudson Line will be effective Oct. 8, 2017.
Metro-North has many channels for all schedule information and service updates.
Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.
MTA.info – The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at the left side of www.MTA.info
is always the definitive source for the latest status for each branch, updated every minute. In addition, customers can visit www.mta.info/mnr to see special service notices in the upper center of the page.
@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.
Metro-North Train Time app – Customers who use the Metro-North Train Time app will see up-to-the-minute status for each upcoming train at each station. The app is available via the Apple Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android along with MTA eTix – Metro-North Railroad’s mobile ticketing app which allows customers to buy Metro-North tickets on their mobile device — anytime, anywhere. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route.
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.