Metro-North Increases Train Service as More Passengers Return: Here’s What’s Changed

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This example of the increasingly familiar "stand here" signs can also be found at Metro-North stations.

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Effective Monday, June 15, Metro-North Railroad has increased train service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. The increase in service is due to a steady growth in ridership in response to the Phase 1 reopening in New York state.

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“It’s a sign. Of respect. Wear a mask. stop the spread.”

an announcement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The new schedule will provide a 115% increase in peak service from the May 27 schedule, with several trains added in the morning and afternoon peak periods.

We will continue to provide hourly service during off-peak periods, on middays, evenings, late nights, weekends and holidays.

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During this special schedule, off-peak fares will continue to be in effect.

At Metro-North, our customers and employees’ health and safety is our top priority.

We continue to provide the most aggressive cleaning and disinfecting program in agency history, fully disinfecting our stations every 12 hours, and trains every 24 hours to ensure that your ride is safe.

Customers and employees are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while on Metro-North property, in stations, on platforms, on board trains and at the Terminal.

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Hand sanitizer at a Metro-North station

Please social distance by six feet or more where possible and use all doors to enter trains.

Disinfection stations have been installed at all of our New York and many Connecticut stations, so that customers can sanitize their hands when needed.

Customers should use MTA eTix to purchase their tickets whenever possible to reduce contact. No cash will be accepted on board trains and at ticket windows, but credit/debit cards will be accepted to purchase tickets.

Cash, credit/debit cards are accepted at all Ticket Vending Machines, and at select TVMs, Apple Pay ® is accepted as well. Three ticket offices will be open from Monday to Friday only, at Grand Central Terminal (6 AM – 10:30 PM), White Plains, (6 AM – 10:30 PM), and Stamford, (6 AM – 11 PM).  All other ticket offices remain closed until further notice.

Stand here social distancing Metro-North

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This example of the increasingly familiar “stand here” signs can also be found at Metro-North stations.

The North End entrances of Grand Central Terminal will continue to be closed until further notice. Other entrances at the Terminal may be closed for health precautions. Grand Central Terminal’s Lower Level has reopened, and select retailers are open for take-out and delivery only.

You can access the amended schedule online at New.MTA.Info. For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, download TrainTime.

The Hudson Rail Link buses serving Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale will operate on special schedules, meeting all trains between 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.; see our Connecting Service page.

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Boarding with a mask.

The Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon ferries continue to be suspended with no alternate transportation offered. Free parking is offered at Irvington, Tarrytown and Beacon stations until further notice.

At Metro-North, the health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.

Welcome back, we look forward to seeing you!

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