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Metro-North makes early holiday weekend getaway easier

May
27

If your leaving your Manhattan job early for the Memorial Day weekend, Metro-North has got more trains for you. The railroad is scheduling more trains out of Grand Central Terminal early Friday afternoon for those eager to start their summer.

On the other hand, the railroad is scaling back its service later in the afternoon and evening, figuring that most people will have left by then.

Here’s the railroad’s announcement with the entire list of schedule changes for the day:

Memorial Day Getaway Schedule 2010

MTA Metro-North Railroad will offer plenty of extra early getaway service on Friday, May 28 to help you get a jump on the long Memorial Day weekend and “unofficial” start of summer.

On Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, Metro-North will operate a regular weekend schedule. On Memorial Day trains will operate a Sunday schedule. Most connecting services will not operate on Monday May 31, however, the Tappan Zee Express will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Look for the following additions and changes to train service on Friday, May 28:

Hudson Line

Extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:
•    1:45 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street and Croton-Harmon only.
•    2:45 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street and select stops between Croton-Harmon and Beacon.
•    3:27 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street and Croton-Harmon only.
•    4:05 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, and select stops between Croton-Harmon and Beacon.

The following trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate:
•    The 5:58 PM to Croton-Harmon will not operate.
•    The 6:20 PM to Croton-Harmon will not operate.

Hudson Line Connecting Services
The Hudson Rail Link will begin a peak level of buses beginning with the 3:20PM train from GCT.
The Tappan Zee Express will have extra buses available for any extra early passengers.
The Haverstraw – Ossining Ferry will have an early trip to meet the 2:54PM train from GCT.
The Newburgh – Beacon Ferry will have three early trips meeting the 2:45PM, the 3:30PM and 4:05PM trains from GCT.  Passengers on the 4:10PM train from GCT, may expect an extra 5-10 minute wait for their trip.

Harlem Line

Extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:
•    1:45 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between Chappaqua and Southeast.
•    3:12 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then White Plains and North White Plains only.
•    3:37 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, White Plains, then all stations between Goldens Bridge through Southeast.
•    4:08 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between Chappaqua and Southeast.

The following trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate or will make additional stops:

•    The 5:25 PM to Brewster will not operate.
•    The 5:54 PM to Crestwood will not operate.
•    The 5:59 PM GCT departure to Wassaic will make additional stops at Bedford Hills and Katonah.
•    The 6:06 PM to Brewster will not operate.
•    The 7:02 PM to North White Plains will not operate.

New Haven Line

The following extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:
•    1 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.
•    2:04 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport then all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.
•    3:01 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between Stamford and South Norwalk.
•    3:04 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.
•    3:24 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford, Westport and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.
•    3:27 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.
•    4:06 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.

The following trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate or are combined:
•    The 5:14 PM to Harrison and the 5:20 PM to New Rochelle are combined, departing Grand Central at 5:20 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street and all stations between Mount Vernon East and Harrison.
•    The 5:33 PM to Harrison will not operate.
•    The 5:56 PM to Harrison and 5:59 PM to New Rochelle are combined, departing Grand Central at 5:59 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, and all stops between Mount Vernon East and Harrison.
•    6:38 PM to Harrison will not operate.
•    7:05 PM to New Haven will not operate.
•    7:11 PM to Harrison will not operate.
•    8:04 PM to New Haven will not operate.

For more information, see a current timetable, or visit www.mta.info and check the schedules page.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 3:57 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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