MTA Metro-North Railroad advises customers that in preparation for the Patterson Bridge replacement project, crews will continue track-surfacing work on the Upper Harlem Line between Wassaic and Southeast on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, adding stone to raise the existing the track so that it meets the profile of the new bridges.
Crews will also weld rail joints and operate a rail-inspection vehicle across the entire line. The railroad uses this high-tech equipment to detect defects and metal fatigue inside the steel rails, inspecting them with ultrasonic and induction tests and identifying issues before they become major problems, which means a safer, smoother ride and more reliable service.
To accommodate this crucial infrastructure work, on Tuesday, August 27, and Wednesday, August 28, buses will substitute for select off-peak trains between Southeast and Wassaic on the Harlem Line. Southbound buses will operate 20-40 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. Service details are below:
Inbound to Grand Central Terminal:
From 09:47 a.m. to 03:41 p.m., buses will substitute for trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson.
Bus service will operate 20 – 40 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times. Buses will connect with regularly scheduled trains at Southeast for continuing service to Grand Central Terminal.
Outbound to Wassaic:
From 07:43 a.m. to 01:45 p.m., buses will substitute for trains from Southeast to Wassaic, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic.
Many Ways to Stay Connected:
Information about the planned schedule change noted in this press release, and all planned service changes, is available through Metro-North Railroad’s real-time service information sources.
MYmta app& MTA.info – Customers who use the new, comprehensive MYmta app will see real-time travel information for Metro-North and connecting services all in one place, with push notifications when service is not operating normally. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route. The Metro-North Train Time app also remains available for customers to access Metro-North train information. The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line, updated every minute.
-Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.
@MetroNorth on Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MetroNorth to receive updates of a similar nature to the email and text alerts, shortened to fit Twitter’s format.
The above communications channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, Metro-North will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.
For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the Metro-North’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: “Metro-North Railroad.” For customers calling from Connecticut, the number is: 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach Metro-North at 511.