March 18, 2022

Metro-North to Expand Service, Restore Express Trains Beginning March 28; Timetables Published

The Metro-North Railroad recently announced it will expand service and restore some express trains, including the addition of 34 new trains along the New Haven line. Weekday service will be restored to 89% of pre-pandemic levels and new train service will reduce trip times for a number of commuters. This is great news for many Connecticut commuters, especially those traveling regularly to and from New York City, said State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport), Senate Chair of the Transportation Committee.

“As more commuters head back to the city, it’s clear that the demand for public transit grows each day,” said Sen. Haskell. “The need for quality public transit is especially urgent in light of rising gas prices. While this new schedule isn’t a full return to regular service, this is a significant step forward for commuters in my district. These new trains will provide a level of convenience that my constituents have sorely missed.”

“Whether for work or play, adding more trains saves valuable time for commuters and encourages more people to return to rail service,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti. “The Department of Transportation continues working with its partners to enhance services and make trains faster for riders today and into the future.”

Metro-North’s expansion of services sees the restoration of pre-pandemic zoned express-service trains, which offer increased seating capacity and reduce trip times by up to 13 minutes. Of special note, the “Yankee Clipper,” providing game-day train service directly to Yankee Stadium for all New York Yankees home games, will be in service, just as Major League Baseball recently confirmed its 2022 season will move forward. The New Haven Line in particular will see train service grow to 278 lines per week.

The new Metro-North schedules are available here.