Metro-North Railroad today announced it is extending extra service to view fall foliage in the Hudson Valley one more weekend. Fall foliage in the Hudson Valley has lasted a little bit longer than expected this year, and with good weather expected this weekend, Metro-North will continue to provide extra service on the Hudson Line.
Last weekend, ridership on the Hudson Line was the strongest it has been this fall. Since October 02, 2021, Metro-North has added five trains to its Saturday schedule and four trains to its Sunday schedule to provide extra capacity for customers who want to get one last look at the autumn leaves in the Hudson Valley.
“Following our strongest fall weekend in terms of ridership, and great weather forecasted this weekend, we want to give customers plenty of travel options,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “If you are searching for weekend plans, Metro-North wants to make it easy for you to hop on a Hudson Line train, take in the beautiful fall foliage, or grab a bite at one of the Hudson Valley’s premier culinary destinations.”
On Saturday, there will be three Beacon-bound trains out of Grand Central Terminal making all stops between Croton-Harmon and Beacon. In the afternoon, there are two additional trains departing Beacon bound for Grand Central. On Sunday, there are two additional northbound trains in the morning, and two additional southbound trains in the late afternoon between Beacon and Grand Central. These additional trains supplement the regular hourly weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie.
In addition to taking in the fall foliage on the Hudson Line, Metro-North customers can take the Hudson Line to Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday, November 14, 2021. Many participating businesses are a short walk from a Metro-North station, or in some cases, at a Metro-North station. Customers can visit the MTA’s dedicated webpage here to see participating restaurants.
Monthly customers can also take advantage of Metro-North’s Autumn Weekends program through Sunday, November 21, 2021. Under the program, any Metro-North monthly ticketholder can travel to any Metro-North station, no matter the zone on their ticket, and take up to four additional guests with them for just $1.00 per person each way.
Customers should check new.MTA.info, the MYmta.app, or Metro-North’s TrainTime app prior to traveling. Metro-North customers with an Apple Watch can now access TrainTime right on their watch. On October 22, 2021, Metro-North became the first commuter railroad to have a companion smartphone app available. The companion app allows customers to see the next train and the capacity of each train car once a trip is bookmarked through the mobile app.