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Metro-North Adding More Service As Ridership Rises

Metro-North Railroad train at the Croton-Harmon Station - Croton-on-Hudson, NY - Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Metro-North Railroad train at the Croton-Harmon Station – Croton-on-Hudson, NY – Jul 20, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - More people are riding the rails along the Metro-North tracks, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Outside of the usual rush hour, off peak ridership has grown by about six percent a year on Metro-North Railroad.

So, they’re adding new weekend and off peak express service and half hourly departures.

For some upper Hudson riders, this will shave about 12 minutes off their ride to Manhattan.

Rider Kathleen DeCastro told Murnane she loves the weekend service, but had some more ideas about how the railroad could make investments.

“I would love to see more trains going to the new Cortlandt station,” she told Murnane. “I come to croton because the trains come in and out of here more frequently, but I live closer to Cortlandt. I would love to see a change there.”

More cars are also being added to weekend trains that were shortened in the service cutbacks a few years ago. All of this will be arriving in October and next April.

What service investments would you like to see from Metro-North Railroad? Sound off in the comments section below.