Fares to increase as well
The Metro-North Railroad will add 174 new trains to its service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines, beginning in April. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders confirmed information contained in a story in Newsday on Thursday, Feb. 21. Anders said that the expansion, described as Metro-North’s largest in 30 years, is in response to increased ridership during weekend and off-peak periods. Nineteen weekend trains and 80 weekday trains will be added to the Hudson Line. Anders told Philipstown.info that revised schedules for the Hudson Line are being prepared “as we speak” but that details regarding revised schedules for Garrison and Cold Spring are not yet known.
“That’s great news for Cold Spring,” said Village Mayor Seth Gallagher. Teri Barr, owner of Hudson Valley Outfitters, was even more effusive: “God Bless Metro-North! I hope they fill them all.” Many of Barr’s customers are weekend visitors who kayak and hike in the area.
While the frequency of trains will increase in April, the cost to customers will increase as of March 1. Ticket machine fares from Cold Spring and Garrison to Grand Central Station will increase as follows: a monthly pass will go from $360 to $392; weekly from $115.25 to $125.50. A one-way ticket during peak periods will increase from $16.25 to $17.75. An off-peak one-way ticket will go from $12.25 to $13.25. Old rates were effective Dec. 30, 2010.
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