Our new schedules that go into effect on Sunday, April 26 continue to ensure a safe operation of service while:
• Improving reliability;
• Allowing for critical track work and capital construction projects to occur
• Addressing customer requests.
On weekends, travel times will be temporarily lengthened to accommodate several critical infrastructure projects. Also, some service adjustments have been made to address issues you raised.
What to Look For on All Lines
Minor adjustments in the AM and PM Peak involve changes of one to two minutes to improve reliability and better reflect actual operating performance.
As the summer construction season begins, several critical infrastructure projects will get under way. These projects require continuous track outages over several weekends from Friday evening until early Monday morning. This also limits our operating flexibility, which could result in some potential weekend service delays. As a result, five minutes of additional running time is added to virtually all weekend trains. See a new timetable for details.
On the Hudson Line
In response to your requests, the Greystone stop on the 7:39 AM train from Irvington, which was eliminated in 2014, will be restored.
Also, the 10:55 PM semi-express from Croton-Harmon will be combined with the 11 PM local from Croton-Harmon.
To accommodate a culvert replacement project near Poughkeepsie, the 8:59 AM weekday train from Poughkeepsie will now depart at 9:15 AM, adding stops at Ossining and Tarrytown.
On the Harlem Line
We've heard you, and we're fixing the overcrowding on the 6:51 AM weekday train from Southeast.
With the schedule change, this train will instead originate at Goldens Bridge.
Customers who usually take this crowded morning train can now take the 7:01 AM from Southeast, which makes fewer stops and arrives at Grand Central Terminal just two minutes after the 6:51 AM train.
And to alleviate overcrowding on the 7:01 AM train, it will no longer stop at White Plains.
Finally, to reduce the potential for train congestion in the AM Peak, the 6 AM from Wassaic will depart 11 minutes earlier, at 5:49 AM, and arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:53 AM, 12 minutes earlier than it currently does.
On weekends, the 4:02 PM, 5:02 PM, and 6:02 PM trains from Mount Kisco — and the 2:22 PM and 3:22 PM from Grand Central Terminal to Mount Kisco — are extended to/from Southeast. This provides half-hourly service to most Upper Harlem Line stations.
Also, a new train will depart Grand Central Terminal at 1:22 PM and make select stops between Scarsdale and Southeast, extending the period during which half-hourly service is provided on weekend afternoons.
On the New Haven Line
Because of low ridership, the 4:29 PM "through" train from Grand Central Terminal to Danbury will return to operating as a shuttle train from Stamford to Danbury.
Those of you commuting from Grand Central Terminal to Stamford will now travel four minutes later on the 4:33 PM train to New Haven.
This change, however, will not result in a reduction in the number of "through" trains serving Danbury.
That's because we are adding a new "through" train to Danbury, departing Grand Central Terminal at 8:01 PM, making stops at Greenwich, then all main line and Danbury Branch stops from Stamford to Danbury.
The existing 9:18 PM shuttle from South Norwalk to Danbury is replaced by this new train.
With this change, Danbury Branch customers who work late will have the opportunity for a more convenient commute home at night, without having to change trains on their journey.
This new train will also take the place of the 8:03 PM train from Grand Central to New Haven. Customers on that train will be now served by the 8:07 PM train to New Haven, which will make additional stops at Stamford, East Norwalk, Green's Farms, and Southport.
These changes will better serve several hundred New Haven Line main line customers as well as Danbury Branch customers.
On the Waterbury Branch
Two major projects will impact Waterbury Branch service between April and October:
• From April 25 through May 3, track work will be performed on the Waterbury Branch. Substitute bus service will be provided at all times during this nine-day outage. Look for seat drops and station posters, or click here for bus service details.
• From May 4 through early October, a steel repair project on the Devon Movable Bridge will prevent Waterbury Branch trains from accessing the main line and Bridgeport station, where connections are normally made.
During this time a temporary platform will be built to permit transfers between Waterbury Branch and main line trains. Known as "Devon Transfer", it will be located where the Waterbury Branch track connects with the main line just west of Milford. The temporary platform will have lights and a public address system. See station signs or click here for more details.
New timetables will be available in Grand Central and at outlying stations the week of April 20, or you can view them here.