FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Metro-North Railroad has released new schedules, which take effect Monday, July 7, that make adjustments to its train service on the New Haven Line.
The changes were made "after closely monitoring performance, taking customer counts and listening to customer suggestions," Metro-North said in a statement.
"These changes are intended to improve the customer experience by reducing crowding and enhancing connections."
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised the efforts to improve Metro-North service in Connecticut.
“This is all part of our effort to work with Metro-North to make our commuter lines provide as safe and reliable a commute as possible for residents,” Malloy said in a statement.
Adjustments on the New Haven Line include:
In the AM Peak:
The 6:50 a.m. local from Stamford making all stops to Grand Central will depart Stamford six minutes later, at 6:56 a.m. This change will restore a connection with the 5:48 a.m. train from New Haven, which arrives at Stamford at 6:52 a.m. Customers will save up to 28 minutes of travel time as a result of this connection.
To accommodate this change, the following adjustments will be made:
- The 6:55 a.m. semi-express from Stamford will operate five minutes earlier, departing at 6:50 a.m.
- The 7:29 a.m. from New Rochelle, N.Y., will operate seven minutes earlier, departing at 7:22 a.m.
- The 7:28 a.m. from Harrison, N.Y., will operate three minutes later, departing at 7:31 a.m., but the arrival time of this train at Grand Central will not change.
Also, to relieve overcrowding, the 6:20 a.m. train from New Haven to Grand Central will add stops at Old Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob, but will no longer stop at the stations at Port Chester and Rye, N.Y.
To accommodate customers at these stations, a new train will depart Greenwich at 7:33 a.m., making stops at Port Chester and Rye before running express to Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central.
In the PM Peak:
The 6:35 p.m. train from Grand Central to New Haven will depart four minutes earlier, at 6:31 p.m. This change is being made in response to a crowding issue on this train.
On the Danbury Branch:
The Connecticut Department of Transportation, its signal contractor, and Metro-North has wrapped up remediation work on the branch’s grade crossing systems. As a result, off-peak and weekend train service, which has been replaced by bus service since earlier this year, will resume.
Also, the first outbound train from South Norwalk to Danbury will depart South Norwalk 10 minutes later but will arrive in Danbury at the same time.
New timetables are available in Grand Central Terminal and other stations. Train times can also be found on Metro-North's interactive schedules page.