Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith

  by Jeff Smith
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Relevant portions:
Because NJ TRANSIT operates the trains that serve Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line in Orange and Rockland Counties, N.Y., those lines would not operate during a work stoppage. Metro-North has arranged service options for its customers that could begin 24 hours after a strike is announced. Details are below.
Options for Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line Customers

Metro-North’s customers from west of the Hudson River should anticipate crowded conditions and long commute times. Metro-North strongly urges customers to consider the following options:
• Discuss telecommuting or flex time options with your employer
• Stay with family or friends in New York for access to available public transportation services
• Connect with others willing to carpool by using New York State’s Rideshare tool at http://www.511ny.org/rideshare" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
• Use existing bus services

For those Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line customers who do wish to travel, Metro-North would provide limited service options.

Shuttle Bus Service to Metro-North’s Hudson Line

In the event of an NJ TRANSIT rail work stoppage, Metro-North would provide limited, peak-direction shuttle bus service between Rockland and Orange Counties and the Hudson Line during rush hours only. There will be no off-peak, weekend or reverse commute service. Valid tickets for Port Jervis Line or Pascack Valley Line trains will be required to board the shuttle buses.

Shuttle bus service will operate from three locations:
• Middletown-Town of Wallkill Metro-North Station. This bus will travel to Metro-North’s Beacon Station.
• Harriman Metro-North Station. This bus will travel to Metro-North’s Tarrytown Station.
• Palisades Center in West Nyack. This bus will also travel to Metro-North’s Tarrytown Station.

MTA employees will be at all three shuttle bus locations to assist customers; Metro-North will post additional temporary signs to help direct customers as well.

Metro-North’s Cross-Hudson Ferries & Limited Parking Opportunities

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry, which are operated by New York Waterway under contract to Metro-North, will operate on their regular schedules. Both ferries offer departures that are timed to connect with specific trains on Metro-North’s Hudson Line. Schedules are available at these links:
• Newburgh-Beacon Ferry: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/raillink/s ... h_1015.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
• Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/raillink/s ... w_1015.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metro-North cannot guarantee the availability of parking at the Newburgh Ferry Dock or the Haverstraw Ferry Dock, and recommends that customers carpool or get dropped off.

Some parking may also be available at two Metro-North stations in Westchester County.
• Cortlandt, on the Hudson Line, which under good traffic conditions is a 15-minute drive via U.S. Route 202 and U.S. Route 9 from the Bear Mountain Bridge
• North White Plains, on the Harlem Line, not far from Interstate 287 Exit 6

Metro-North to Cross-Honor Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line Tickets

Conductors on Metro-North’s east of Hudson lines – the Hudson Line, Harlem Line and New Haven Line – will cross-honor Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line tickets. Metro-North urges customers to plan ahead, because ticket vending machines at West-of-Hudson stations will not operate during the strike.
  by jackintosh11
Conductors on Metro-North’s east of Hudson lines – the Hudson Line, Harlem Line and New Haven Line – will cross-honor Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line tickets.
Why would the New Haven line cross honor tickets? I can't think of any scenario that a west of Hudson commuter would need to ride on the New Haven line because of the strike.
  by Backshophoss
It's in the tariff on fares,based on the fare zone the ticket is printed for.
It's a little bit different when crossing into Conn,a Port Jervis monthly might be good to Stamford.

For now: Port Jervis = Beacon fare wise and go figure from there. :wink:
  by SecaucusJunction
MTA can little afford to endure an NJT strike. They lost a lot of Ridership after Irene and again after Sandy with service outages. Now they are finally getting back to 2008 levels but another service disruption could set them back for years.
  by Backshophoss
MN is at the Mercy of NJT to run the service,MN crews will not cross NJT picket lines,and a good chunk of the equipment
will be stuck in NJT yards.
It's a LOOSE-LOOSE deal :( :( :(
  by Jeff Smith
Shoe's on the other foot; it's like CtDOT being at the mercy of MNRR and Amtrak. Not that you could just drop crews into territory they're not qualified on like nothing happened anyway. I guess if they ever built TZB rail, they could drop NJT, but that's not going to happen anytime in the next few years.