New Metro-North Schedule To Cut Commute Time To Grand Central

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New Metro-North schedules that will take effect on Sunday, May 11 will cut commute times into Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson, New Haven and Harlem lines.
New Metro-North schedules that will take effect on Sunday, May 11 will cut commute times into Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson, New Haven and Harlem lines. Photo Credit: Andrea Graziano

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New Metro-North schedules that will take effect on Sunday, May 11 will cut commute times into Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson, New Haven and Harlem lines. 

Metro-North said the new schedule will offer shorter commute times for 96 percent of weekday peak commuters in the morning compared to the schedules that have been in effect since November. 

The new travel times also take into account the new safety measures and speed restrictions that have been put into place. 

“Our first goal, now and always, is to provide a safe service,” Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said in a statement.  “This train schedule supports our ongoing efforts to serve our customers while providing our maintenance forces the time they need to inspect, maintain and repair the system.”

The schedule allows for ongoing, infrastructure repair and maintenance in the midday off-peak and at nights and on weekends.

While some trains may experience longer commute times on some trains, Metro-North officials insist the new schedule will help reestablish reliable arrival times on the commuter rail. 

“Since I returned to Metro-North two months ago, our customers have consistently said they want to be able to rely on our schedules again and that’s exactly what these changes aim to do,” Giulietti said in a statement.  “We have analyzed train performance with an eye to bottlenecks, permanent speed reductions, actual running times, customer requests and the need to provide sufficient time to allow ongoing track and infrastructure improvements.  We believe the new schedule will result in substantially improved performance.”

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Perhaps the ride from New Haven to GCT will take two minutes less.

MTA is decreasing the number of trains to New Rochelle and increasing the average ride time. They must have heard my silent prayer to help me work through my Game of Thrones book stack. Daily Voice - where can I send the thank you card?

yeah, really, this is a joke, i checked the times, my train will now take 6 minutes longer for express every day, and always runs late as it is

The joke is on you. Rather than blame the railroad, realize that the Daily Voice "reporter" did not take ANY time to confirm or, perhaps, provide some examples of just how many minutes less the morning commute would be -- for those scheduled train departures presumed to benefit. Maybe the savings applies only to "reverse" commuters? But who would know from reading this "article"? "Greenburgh" readers are given no idea whether their trip will be one minute or five minutes less -- if at all. Typical of the Daily Voice brand of news: going beyond the headline and press release are always too great a burden from those posing as "reporters".

That is total B.S. My train was 15 to 20 min late arriving in GCT this morning. As usual. No stalled train, nothing. Just lousy service. They can put whatever they want on their "new schedules", but they will always find an excuse for being late. Bunch of clowns!