MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that crews will perform $100,000 in track improvement work on the Upper Harlem Line between Wassaic and Southeast this coming weekend to ensure the on-going reliability and safety of the railroad. Workers will improve the Corbin Road railroad crossing in Pawling, replacing the crossing surface, rails and ties, and elsewhere along the tracks they will cut brush and weld rail joints.
As a result, buses will substitute for trains on the Harlem Line at the seven stations between Southeast and Wassaic after 10 p.m. on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21. Normal train service will resume with the first scheduled train of Monday, May 22. Train service at the 31 stations between Grand Central and Southeast will not be affected.
Service details are below:
Starting with the usual 11:28 p.m. departure from Wassaic on Friday, May 19, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, buses will substitute for trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Selected buses will also stop at Appalachian Trail. Bus service will operate 15-40 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times. Customers can view scheduled bus departure times at this link: http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_bus511_Layout_1.pdf.
Starting with the 8:52 p.m. departure from Grand Central on Friday, May 19, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, trains from Grand Central to Southeast will connect with bus service at Southeast. Buses will make each train’s stops at: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic. Selected buses will stop at Appalachian Trail. Trains will operate on their regular schedules, but customers using the bus should anticipate later arrival times of between 20-30 minutes. Customers can view scheduled bus arrival times at this link: http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_bus511_Layout_1.pdf.
In addition to the timetables linked above, Metro-North’s many channels for schedule information and service updates include information about planned service changes such as this one.
Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.
MTA.info – The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at the left side of www.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each branch, updated every minute. In addition, customers can visit www.mta.info/mnr to see special service notices in the upper center of the page.
@MetroNorth on Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MetroNorth to receive updates of a similar nature to the email and text alerts, shortened to fit Twitter’s format.
Metro-North Train Time app – Customers who use the Metro-North Train Time app will see up-to-the-minute status for each upcoming train at each station. The app is available via the Apple Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android along with MTA eTix – Metro-North Railroad’s mobile ticketing app which allows customers to buy Metro-North tickets on their mobile device — anytime, anywhere. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route.
The above communications channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, Metro-North will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.
For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the Metro-North’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: “Metro-North Railroad.” For customers calling from Connecticut, the number is: 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach Metro-North at 511.