Today, I had to go into the city (to World Trade Center) from Nanuet. I took the schedule 2:47 p.m. departure (train #1628).
My first observation was that there were no paper timetables at Nanuet - Metro-North or New Jersey Transit versions. Second, it is a relief to finally be able to purchase 10 trip tickets (the ones with the discount from Metro-North stations) from the TVMs.
The train departed Nanuet 1 minute late at 2:48 p.m., and we arrived at the far eastern side of POND, at 2:50 p.m. where we stopped... and waited.
The westbound train (#1621) is scheduled to arrive at Nanuet at 2:54 p.m., so I assume the meet is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. or so. The westbound finally passed us at 2:57 p.m. - when we are due in Pearl River, NY.
Below is a log of certain, select stations and any delays between them:
Pearl River - 3:01 p.m.
Montvale - 3:03 p.m.
Park Ridge - 3:06 p.m.
Hillsdale - 3:11 p.m.
Emerson - 3:16 p.m.
Oradell - 3:19 p.m.
River Edge - 3:22 p.m.
North Hackensack - 3:25 p.m.
After North Hackensack, we passed the westbound train at 3:27 p.m. (#1651), waiting in the siding already because we were running late. It appears that they assume, on average, that trains will take 25 minutes or so to go between Nanuet and North Hackensack.
At Euclid Avenue (just prior to Andersoon Street), we were held for a several minutes.
Anderson Street - 3:31 p.m.
We operated a speeds that made it seem slower than usual betwen North Hackensack and Essex Street. There was some crossing work occuring just before Essex Street, which probably explains that.
Essex Street - 3:34 p.m.
Williams Avenue - 3:37 p.m.
We proceed at usual speeds through the next siding (HACK?). There was no trains in there, either. What is the MAS for passing trains in a siding?
Wood-Ridge - 3:40 p.m.
Comments: It seems like the pocket track it is still under construction. It will be interesting to see how this siding changes the current schedule, if at all.
We stopped in the double-tracked area, after the Meadowlands construction (by the Penn Bottle building, which can be seen on the left if looking in the eastbound direction, and by where I believe the Pascack and Bergen Lines converge) between 3:43 p.m. to 3:48 p.m. - waiting for yet another Westbound train on what I assume to be the Bergen line to pass.
We crossed the Hackensack River Bridge at 3:50 p.m.
Secaucus Junction - 3:54 p.m. We had a few misconnects since the NYP train was scheduled to leave two minutes earlier. I do not know if they held the corridor train, but if past experience means anything, I am sure they did not.
Hoboken - 4:04 p.m. (approx. 5 minutes late... who knows if it will make it into the late train statistics).
Some of the passengers (and I have to admit, myself included) were VERY frustrated with the frequent stops and slow speeds through the Hackensack area.
Scheduling definitely has to be improved going forward, with hopefully more realistic running times (for on-time siding meets) and adjustments to make connecting trains.
I believe part of the reason why our train was late is a result of the late Spring Valley-bound train, which I do believe is a result of slower speeds due to construction occuring at Hackensack.
The conductors on this train did a very good job, trying to make up time. They opened and closed up at each stop very quickly. The engineer ran at what seemed like MAS.
It will also be interesting to see how service may or may not be affected with the construction of the Meadowlands spur.
There were passengers boarding at mostly the northern (Spring Valley - Montvale) and southern (North Hackensack - Wood-Ridge) stations, not too many from Oradell or Emerson. I think we had a total of 10 passengers or so - not a ton, but still pretty okay for the first week in service.