Infrastructure work on the New Haven Line will mean longer trips for commuters and others — 1 to 6 minutes for peak hours and 1 to 11 minutes for off-peak trips and on weekends, according to Metro-North.
For the New Canaan Branch, trips will be lengthened anywhere from 1 to 16 minutes, Metro-North says. New train schedules coming out on April 14 will reflect the longer trip times.
Here’s Metro-North’s announcement, from its March Mileposts newsletter:
Our new timetables effective April 14 on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines are designed to reflect more accurately how the railroad’s progressive infrastructure improvement plan affects train running times, resulting in more reliable, dependable and safe service for our customers.
Most of our trains will have an adjusted schedule, anywhere from one minute to, in some cases, 16 minutes on the Connecticut branch lines.
In designing this schedule, we took into account a busy infrastructure improvement schedule that includes upgrades to our infrastructure, continued Positive Train Control installation along our tracks and on our fleet, and the actual running times of trains.
To learn how your train service is affected, new timetables will be available in Grand Central Terminal and at outlying stations or check our schedules page or Metro-North Train Time to access the information directly on your phone.
Or, call Metro-North’s Customer Service Center at 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say, “Metro-North Railroad.” From Connecticut, dial 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.
The New Haven Line will experience the most extensive infrastructure work, with morning and evening peak trains schedules lengthened by 1 to 6 minutes. Off-peak and weekend trains will have schedules lengthened by 1 to 11 minutes.
Depending on their mainline connection, New Canaan, Waterbury, and Danbury branch trains will have their schedules changed by 1 to 16 minutes.
More service is being added for customers, with additional weekday, Saturday and Sunday New Haven Line trains accessible for travel that had previously been restricted between Fordham and Manhattan. During off-peak times, service between Fordham and Manhattan will operate roughly four times an hour instead of twice an hour.