Metro-North to expand service on three lines beginning next week

A view of commuters entering a Metro North train at Grand Central Terminal during rush hour on March 12, 2020 in New York City. Photo credit Cindy Ord/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA on Monday announced that train service on all three Metro-North lines servicing customers east of the Hudson River will be increased next week.

Beginning next Monday, morning and afternoon peak period service will increase on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

The change is being done in anticipation of more customers returning to the transit network as New York State prepares to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to lift the guidelines when the state reaches a 70% vaccination rate. The state was at 69.9% on Monday.

Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi says the railroad is ready to welcome back commuters, who will find a number of changes have been made amid the pandemic.

“For those of us who haven’t ridden for a while for now, you’ll be returning to a railroad that is better and safer than ever,” Rinaldi said. “We've made a lot of improvements over the last 15 months. Stations and trains are cleaner than ever thanks to a comprehensive disinfecting program. We’ve installed hand sanitizer dispensers and all of our stations. The real-time capacity tracking feature on Metro-North app was just expanded to the M8 fleet on the New Haven line and positive train control has been installed across our system, making our train operation safer than ever.”

Metro-North plans to make more service improvements gradually throughout the summer.

The agency will also begin construction on four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-Op City.

“We cannot wait for our customers to see our progress for themselves, now is the time for them to get out there and take the train,” Rinaldi said.

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