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How To Survive The Metro-North New Haven Line Disruption

September 26, 2013 11:39 AM

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Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line departure board at Grand Central Terminal (credit: CBS 2)

Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line departure board at Grand Central Terminal (credit: CBS 2)

After experiencing power problems, it doesn’t appear service will be returning to normal any time soon on Metro-North’s New Haven line, leaving tens of thousands of commuters traveling in and out of New York City scrambling to devise alternative routes to and from work.We’re here to help. Below, find links and info to help you navigate the changes to your commute.

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Here’s the rundown on the limited service from the MTA:

AM Peak Service

To Grand Central:

From New Haven to Stamford train service will be provided every 20-30 minutes and will connect with:
-Limited service from Stamford operating directly to Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
-Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Stamford through Rye Stations; connecting with express bus service to White Plains Station for Harlem Line train service to Grand Central

From Harrison to Grand Central Terminal:

-Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Harrison through New Rochelle Stations and operating directly to Fordham, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
-Bus Service from Pelham and Mount Vernon East to Mount Vernon West for Harlem Line train service

From Grand Central:
-Limited service will be provided every 30-40 minutes from GCT and making all local stops to Stamford; with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.

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Off-Peak Service

To Grand Central:

-Hourly shuttle service between New Haven (departing every 45 minutes after the hour) and Stamford with local train service operating every half hour between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.

From Grand Central:

-Train service operating every half hour (:04 and :34 after the hour) out of Grand Central making all local stops to Stamford with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.

PM Peak Service:

From Grand Central to Stamford/New Haven:

-Limited service from Grand Central direct to Stamford with connections to New Haven provided every 20-30 minutes.
-Harlem Line Service to White Plains Station with express bus service to Rye Station for local train service between Rye and Stamford operating every 20-30 minutes.

For schedule information, visit the Metro North schedule page.

From Grand Central to Harrison:

-Limited train service from Grand Central to New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison Stations
-Harlem Line train service to Mount Vernon West for Bus Service to Pelham and Mount Vernon East Stations

Where To Drown Your Sorrows

We know commuting is tough to begin with — even without the recent transit woes. These are our favorite haunts near Grand Central Terminal, so you can kick back with a cold one while you wait for that elusive train home.

LCL Bar & Kitchen

LCL Bar & Kitchen

The LCL: Bar & Kitchen

Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 490-8900

This swanky new spot on 42nd Street is just two minutes from Grand Central — and not a bad place to kick up your heels, have a bite and down a drink while you wait for your train. This hotel also has its very own organic garden, 384 feet above 42nd Street, supplying veggies and herbs to The LCL: Bar & Kitchen on site. This means fresh mint for mojitos and other cocktails, heirloom tomatoes for gazpacho and other dishes, mesclun lettuce for salads, grilled squash and zucchini as seasonal sides, and everything and anything else Executive Chef Brian Wieler can cook up.

Park Avenue Tavern

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99 Park Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 867-4484
parkavenuetavernnyc.com

The lower level of this deluxe pub near Grand Central offers beer on tap — at your table. Choose your pours by the ounce while you relax in cozy booths and catch up on sports on the flatscreen TVs. Upstairs, find an American gastropub, a square wooden bar featuring cocktails by Billy Gilroy of Employees Only and Macao Trading Co., and naturally, more flatscreens.

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10110
(212) 490-6650

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Grand Central Oyster Bar has mastered the art of selling super-fresh, reasonably priced oysters from both the East and West Coasts. It’s no surprise since they’ve been around since 1913 and are one of the oldest remaining oyster bars in the city. Their enormous selection changes daily.

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Campbell Apartment

15 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 953-0409
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If you’re looking for a more sophisticated spot to relax in the midst of commuter chaos, visit this classic cocktail bar on the southwest mezzanine. Just be warned: No sneakers or jeans allowed. The elegant space converted from the 1920s office of tycoon John W. Campbell still evokes the vibe of Old New York with 25-foot-high painted ceilings, an enormous fireplace and dark wood details.

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