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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Haven Line to Begin Off-Peak Half-Hour Service

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that for the first time, off-peak weekday and weekend trains on the New Haven Line will run every half-hour between New Haven and New York City beginning in November.

He said the service will begin once Metro-North implements schedule changes on Nov. 9.

“Back in 2012, we made a commitment to operate trains on the New Haven Line at least every half hour, and we are here today to announce that we are making good on that promise,” Malloy said at a news conference at New Haven’s Union Station.

“With off-peak and weekend trains running almost around the clock, Connecticut riders will see more frequent, reliable and convenient service which is our end goal when deciding what kinds of investments to make in this commuter line.”

Three new midday trains will depart from New Haven on weekdays at 11:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 1:25 p.m.

Four new trains will depart from Grand Central Terminal at 9:34 a.m., 10:34 a.m., 11:34 a.m. (which will replace the 11:34 a.m. express to Stamford), and 12:34 p.m., Malloy’s office said.

Midday weekend service will also be enhanced as follows:

•      Saturday: new trains depart New Haven at 2:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 6:25 p.m.; new trains depart New York at 10:34 a.m., 11:34 a.m. 12:34 p.m., 1:34 p.m., 2:34 p.m., and 10:34 p.m.

•      Sunday: new trains depart New Haven at 2:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 7:25 p.m.; new trains depart New York at 11:34 a.m., 12:34 p.m., 1:34 p.m., 2:34 p.m., and 10:34 p.m.

In addition to the new half-hourly service, schedules will be improved to address crowding on key weekday and weekend trains, an announcement said.

Commuter advocate Jim Cameron, founder of The Commuter Action Group (and WestportNow columnist), praised the announcement.

“The governor deserves credit for pushing Metro-North to expand service,” he said.

“With the delivery of the last of the new M8 cars, we clearly will have the needed equipment for more service.”

He added, “While his (Malloy’s) opponent this November says he thinks we spend too much money on mass transit, Governor Malloy clearly understands the importance of those investments and how they benefit everyone in the state, be they riders of Metro-North or not.”


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