New Express Service on Pascack Valley MTA Line; Tarrytown Station Rebuild Completed

A new AM inbound train, #1618, will depart Spring Valley at 7:59 a.m. Monday through Friday, stopping at Nanuet at 8:05 a.m. and Pearl River at 8:10 a.m. and then going express to Secaucus, arriving at 8:44 a.m., and Hoboken at 8:56 a.m.

Metro-North eliminated the first very early morning departure because of low ridership – only about 10 people used it. The MTA believes the new 7:59 a.m. departure time is more convenient and will be more popular. The MTA has noted that the new service is more efficient than the local trains eliminated in 2010.

A new outbound train, #1639, departs Penn Station at 7:13 p.m., Hoboken at 7:20 p.m., Secaucus at 7:30 p.m. and runs express to Pearl River, arriving at 8 p.m., then Nanuet at 8:06 p.m. arriving Spring Valley at 8:12 p.m.

The new PM train is a New York State express and replaces a local that was eliminated in 2010. The new train leaves New York later than the one it replaces but improves travel time by about 20 minutes and arrives in Spring Valley at about the same time as the one it replaces. It is a Monday through Thursday train.

Another change in local train schedules involves the Friday getaway train, #9653, which previously ran only on holidays and Jewish holidays. It will now run every Friday, departing Hoboken at 2:58 p.m. The changes are effective October 14.

In news across the river, the MTA announced its Tarrytown station rebuild has been completed. The reconstruction of Tarrytown Station, the second busiest station on the Hudson Line, has been completed under budget, on schedule after three years of work, and with no impact on train performance, MTA Metro-North Railroad said.

Tarrytown, used by about 6,000 people a day from Westchester and Rockland counties, was completely torn down and rebuilt with $36 million in funding from the MTA Capital Program with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.