New Timetables Effective May 11
Our new schedules, which go into effect Sunday, May 11, provide you with:
- A service that we can operate safely and reliably and is designed to provide substantially improved performance;
- A schedule that provides the same number of trains as the current schedule;
- Improved travel times—96% of inbound AM-peak customers will experience a shorter commute.
This schedule change is a key element of our 100-Day Action Plan, and an important step in re-establishing a safe and reliable service.
By reliable, we mean that if the new schedule says your train is supposed to arrive at your station at 8:30 AM, it should arrive at 8:30 AM. And we will accomplish this while still adhering to mandatory speed restrictions and slower operating speeds imposed on all three of our lines by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Emergency Order 29, as well as accommodating track inspection and maintenance work and construction projects.
The new schedule also closes significant service gaps at key stations, and restores trains to their traditional (pre-July 2013) arrival times in Grand Central.
In building this schedule, we took into account changed operating conditions, the actual running times of trains, and the status of key projects that affect your commute.
We think the final product accomplishes all of our goals, thanks, in part, to the completion of major track work between Melrose and Woodlawn in the Bronx allowing for improved operating speeds, and the improved sequencing of trains that will ensure arrival times at intermediate stations and reduce congestion in key areas of the Bronx where trains from our three lines converge.
Here are the key changes by line:
On the Hudson Line:
The travel time for most Hudson Line customers will typically be up to two minutes shorter inbound, and up to three minutes longer outbound, than the current schedule. These adjustments reflect mandatory speed reductions between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie, and speed restrictions through curves at Yonkers and Spuyten Duyvil.
On the Harlem Line:
The travel time for most Harlem Line customers will typically be up to four minutes shorter inbound, and up to two minutes shorter outbound, than the current schedule. These adjustments reflect mandatory speed reductions and restrictions between Mount Vernon West and Southeast.
With the completion of the Bronx track work, full train service resumes at Melrose and Tremont stations.
On the New Haven Line:
The travel time for most New Haven Line customers will typically be up to two minutes shorter inbound, and one minute shorter to six minutes longer outbound, than the current schedule.
Some 83% of AM peak New Haven Line customers traveling from in Connecticut will have a faster trip to Grand Central. Only 12% will have a slower trip with the remaining 5% seeing no change to their current commute times.
This improvement is due, in part, to the completion of catenary and bridge replacement work between Southport and Bridgeport. As a result, for the first time since 2010 we will have all four tracks available in this segment of our territory. (Previously, only two of four tracks were available in this area to allow Connecticut Department of Transportation contractors to replace the overhead catenary wires and upgrade the four bridges that carry the tracks over local roads.)
The New Haven Line will experience the greatest number of changes to the schedule, mostly due to mandatory speed reductions and speed restrictions at the five moveable bridges and two critical curves.
Other service changes to look for include:
- The current 6:10 AM train from New Haven to Stamford is extended to Grand Central, providing an additional express train from New Haven in the AM Peak.
- On the Danbury Branch, the first weekday train will once again operate as a through train, departing at 5:28 AM, and giving you a one-seat ride to Grand Central. And in the afternoon a 4:29 PM train from Grand Central to Danbury will operate as a through train, with a 5:18 PM stop at Stamford. Ongoing work to improve the grade crossing protection system on the Danbury Branch will require the elimination of one mid-day round trip between South Norwalk and Danbury.
- On the Waterbury Branch: The 5:52 AM train will now end its run at Bridgeport, where connections will be available to Stamford and Grand Central.
Be sure to pick up a new timetable available in early May at Grand Central and outlying stations to check for possible changes to your commute.
You can also get train times on our schedules page or via your smartphone using our Train Time App.
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