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Metro-North Adds Dozens Of Extra Trains To East Of Hudson Lines

Passengers wait to board a Metro-North train (file/credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Passengers wait to board a Metro-North train (file/credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – For commuters who rely on train service to Grand Central Terminal, Metro-North really is going your way.

An additional 69 trains have been added to the commuter rail service for East of Hudson lines. The service changes took effect Sunday.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

“Train service is basically very reliable and Metro-North does a very, very good job so I think the added service is definitely a plus,” one commuter at the White Plains station told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller. “Saturdays and Sundays there’s limited service so if you do not make the train at a certain time then the wait time between trains is significant.”

The increased service will put 15 additional weekday trains and 30 weekend trains on the New Haven line and 24 more weekend trains on the Harlem line.

It’s not just commuters who are happy about the additional service. Cab drivers said the extra service will help them boost their bottom lines.

“Because sometimes the train take an hour and a half, two hours to get here. If it’s getting here more quick, it’s probably much better for all of us,” a cabbie told Miller.

This is the biggest increase in Metro-North service in Metropolitan Transportation Authority history. The agency said the more than five percent service increase will make commuting in off-peak hours easier.

“Of course it’s going to help my pocket, everyone’s pocket in the town, the city so it should be good for us,” another cabbie said.

The MTA also announced another 151 trains per week will be added to Metro-North service this spring, for a total of 220 extra trains.

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