NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New schedule changes are coming to Metro-North’s Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

Metro-North says the new schedules are “designed to provide substantially improved performance and reliability while accommodating new safety measures” and make arrival times at Grand Central Terminal more accurate.

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The agency says 96 percent of inbound peak trains system wide will have a shorter commute compared to current timetables, which were implemented last November. However, the commute will still be longer than it was a year ago, Murnane reported.

“It’s that target that has been criticized as being part of the contributing factors into a culture that was not focused on safety,” Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said on Monday.

“Our first goal, now and always, is to provide a safe service,”  Giulietti said in a statement. “This train schedule supports our ongoing efforts to serve our customers while providing our maintenance forces the time they need to inspect, maintain and repair the system.”

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On the New Haven line, 83 percent of customers can expect a fast ride for morning peak hour trains, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

The changes are scheduled to go into effect on May 11. The railroad is expected to begin distributing the new schedules no later than May 5.

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