Revisions to Hudson Line schedule good though late August
Metro-North Railroad is making minor schedule changes effective Monday, July 2, 2012 on the Hudson and New Haven Lines to accommodate several construction projects. There are no changes on the Harlem Line.
Metro-North is taking a new approach to managing these construction projects. By having workers on the track for longer periods of time and by doing a number of repair projects simultaneously in the same geographic area, the railroad expects to save $1.8 million or 7% of the normal cost of this work. This new approach slightly increases the risk to the railroad’s operating reliability while reducing costs to the capital program’s long term infrastructure improvements.
“Maintaining our on-time performance while doing so much work will be a big challenge,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “But we believe these schedule changes, combined with increased focus on service delivery, can mitigate the risks. The July schedule change is a model for finding creative ways to do our work at lower costs.”
In addition to minor adjustments of one or two minutes on a small number of trains, the following schedule changes will be made:
The Hudson Line:
• On weekdays, the schedules of seven mid‐day off‐peak trains will revert to the service pattern between Croton‐Harmon and New York that had been in place before work began at the Tarrytown Station, which is now complete.
• On weekends, most upper Hudson Line trains will be adjusted a few minutes earlier or later to accommodate switch replacement and wood tie replacement projects between Croton‐Harmon and Peekskill. Metro-North expects to save $500,000 by taking track 2 between Croton‐Harmon and Peekskill out of service for a continuous five-week period, rather than the normal weekend‐only outages for eight weekends. A cyclical wood tie replacement project will be done at the same time. The ability to work around the clock—instead of during off‐peak hours only—will result in additional savings of $240,000.
Hudson Line schedules will be changed on August 27 to restore the current weekend schedules through October 13. The next East of Hudson schedule change is planned for October 14.