Posts Tagged ‘Metro North’

Track Work to Delay Trains in New York

July 2, 2019

Eastbound trains 48, 64, 238, 244, 250, 252, 254, 256, 260, 280, 284, 290 and 292 will operate five to 15 minutes later than originally scheduled.

Westbound trains 49, 233, 253 and 259 will operate 10 minutes earlier or 10 minutes later than originally scheduled.

Track Work to Affect Empire Service Train

May 19, 2019

Track work will result in a temporary schedule change for Empire Service Train No. 288 on May 19 and June 2.

On those dates No. 288 will operate from Niagara Falls to Croton-Harmon, New York, with passengers reaching New York City on a special Metro North train.

That train will terminate at Grand Central Terminal whereas No. 288 terminates at New York Penn Station.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that Metro-North will honor Amtrak tickets on the special train. No Amtrak staff will be aboard that train or at Grand Central.

Passengers will be responsible for making their own arrangements to transfer from Grand Central to Penn Station if they so desire.

Track Work to Affect Empire Corridor Trains

April 13, 2019

Track work being undertaken by Metro North will result in schedule changes for Amtrak trains using the Empire Corridor.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Trains 64, 252, 254, 260, 280, 284 and 290 will arrive between three to five minutes later into New York. Train No. 48 will arrive 12 minutes later into New York while No. 244 will arrive 15 minutes later into New York.

Trains 69, 233, 281, 283 and 295 will arrive between two to five minutes later into Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

No. 49 will arrive 8 minutes later into Albany. No. 253 will depart eight minutes earlier from of New York and arrive 10 minutes earlier into Albany-Rensselaer.

Train 259 will operate 10 minutes later between New York and Albany-Rensselaer.

Amtrak Board OKs Pact to Allow Metro North on NEC

February 5, 2019

An agreement between Amtrak and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to allow the latter to use a portion of the Northeast Corridor has won approval of the Amtrak board of directors.

That will allow Metro-North commuter rail services to Penn Station in New York City and an extension of Amtrak service to Long Island.

In a statement, Amtrak said the agreement allows MTA to design and build enhancements relating to the Penn Station Access project, which will give passengers on Metro-North New Haven Line (Northeast Corridor) direct service to the Bronx and the West Side of Manhattan. Trains will branch off the New Haven Line at New Rochelle, N.Y., traveling via the eastern Bronx, Queens, and Amtrak’s Hell Gate Bridge.

Metro-North trains will use the East River Tunnels and join Long Island Rail Road trains heading into Penn Station.

MTA plans to build four new stations in the eastern Bronx.

It will also fund necessary infrastructure work and share the future costs of operation, maintenance and recapitalization of the line.

Amtrak said it wants to link Long Island with points on its Northeast Corridor and beyond.

Amtrak, MTA Reach Pact on NEC Access

January 28, 2019

Amtrak has relented on two demands it has long made to allow the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to use its tracks in the East Bronx of New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has brokered an agreement between MTA and Amtrak that will enable Metro-North commuter rail service to build four new stations in the East Bronx.

The deal hinges upon a plan to delay a bridge replacement that was called “beyond a state-of-good-repair” nearly a decade ago.

MTA has agreed to pay for the stations to be built in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City.

Amtrak has agreed to allow Metro-North trains to use Amtrak-owned tracks on the Northeast Corridor to reach Penn Station in New York.

Officials have described the area in the East Bronx where the stations are to be established as a “transit desert” that has limited subway service.

Amtrak has long demanded that MTA pay track access fees and that the public transportation agency repair the two-track Pelham Bay Bridge, a project estimated to cost $500 million.

The bridge was built in 1907 and requires extensive ongoing maintenance. The top speed over the bridge is 45 mph.

The MTA-Amtrak agreement calls for the bridge replacement to be delayed for 10 to 20 years and for MTA to conduct a joint study with Amtrak to consider the feasibility of Amtrak expanding its service to Long Island.