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Metro-North to expand service on Pascack Valley Line

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Rockland train riders could soon get a greater choice of trips on the Pascack Valley Line.


As part of the largest service expansion in its history, Metro-North Railroad is planning to add a new weekday rush-hour train leaving Spring Valley around 8 a.m.


There will also be a new peak afternoon train that will run Monday through Thursday, but its time is not known. On Fridays and holidays, the railroad will offer a mid-afternoon “getaway” train.


Metro-North and NJ Transit officials said they are still working out the details.


The new service would be phased in, beginning as early as October.


“New Jersey Transit is working with Metro-North to identify equipment and slots to accommodate service,” NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder told The Journal News. “The discussions continue.”


The Pascack Valley line runs from Spring Valley to Hoboken, and includes stops in Nanuet and Pearl River.


Metro-North pays NJ Transit to operate passenger trains west of the Hudson River, which is why the railroads must negotiate costs and resources.


Randy Glucksman, who represents Rockland on the Metro-North Commuter Council, said county riders would greatly benefit from a mid-afternoon train because there’s currently a two-hour service gap in the afternoon between the line’s terminus in Hoboken, N.J., and the Rockland stations.


“That’s the train we need,” Glucksman said.


The West Nyack man was also pleased the morning train would be toward the end of the rush hour.


He initially thought they were going to bring back an inbound train that departed before 6 a.m. That trip was eliminated in June 2010.


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When I first read the article, I thought "adding 2 trains counts as the largest expansion in history?". Then I read the article and saw that they were adding 230 trps systemwide.

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