Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Metro-North today announced what it said was its biggest single improvement to train service in 22 years–-expanding early morning and late night service to Westport and other Fairfield and New Haven County communities.
The railroad said the added service of more trains, later trains, and revised train schedules was due to additional revenue. The changes become effective Sunday.
A total of 19 additional weekday and 11 weekend trains (seven Saturday and four Sunday) have been added to the schedule—106 more trains every week.
There is more early service. The railroad said ridership from the 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. time period has increased 23 percent in the last five years. The first trains will now arrive in Grand Central Terminal between 5:40 a.m. and 5:50 a.m.—up to 25 minutes earlier than the current timetable.
Metro-North said it expanded pre-7 a.m. weekday service on all lines, and early morning weekend and reverse-peak service to select stations.
From Westport, a 4:48 a.m. train arrives at Grand Central at 5:47 a.m. (departing 18 minutes earlier than now) and a 5:21 a.m. train arrives at 6:23 a.m. (departing 10 minutes earlier than now). There is a new train that departs Westport at 5:48 a.m., arriving at 6:47 a.m.
There is also improved express service. On the New Haven Line, more weekday service and more express trains will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Metro-North said it eliminated the 12:01 a.m. express train from New Haven due to lack of ridership. But it added a 1:49 a.m. express from Grand Central to New Haven (arriving in Westport at 2:57 a.m.) and a 1:53 a.m. local to Stamford to accommodate a growing outbound late-night ridership.
Full train schedules are available on the Metro-North Web site.
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