• Will They Ever Return?

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This forum will be for issues that don't belong specifically to one NYC area transit agency, but several. For instance, intra-MTA proposals or MTA-wide issues, which may involve both Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Other intra-agency examples: through running such as the now discontinued MNRR-NJT Meadowlands special. Topics which only concern one operating agency should remain in their respective forums.

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  by Ridgefielder
 
I have personally seen a sea-change on MN post-Labor Day, when the new schedules kicked in. The trains are full in a way that they haven't been since pre-pandemic. Stood on the way in from Bronxville this morning for the first time since Feb. 2020. Huge contrast from January of this year, when I was sometimes one of only 1-2 people in the car on a 5:23 outbound Crestwood express.

Things are reopening in GCT, too. The other day there were lights on in the Oyster Bar and dishes stacked on the tables. Last night I noticed there were new Hudson News signs on the shuttered space under the stairs to the East Balcony and the "for lease" signs were gone.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
While possibly the Empire State Building is no longer "Wagyu Prime" real estate, it is still "Prime".

Their management has been more open with the media than have others regarding what they foresee when there is complete post-pandemic and life is deemed to be at a "new normal"

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... -york.html
  by russellsal8
 
The observation about Fridays being a slow day from that NYTimes article rings true. My company will be adopting a 3 day a week in office starting in November, and I can't imagine anyone is going to want to come in on Fridays. Travel patterns on Friday will likely resemble those weekdays before a holiday weekend, so I could see a situation where some weekday morning peak trains would be limited to Monday-Thursday, if the commuter travel data supports that.