COVID-19: Metro North Switches to “Essential Service Plan”

As of Friday, Metro-North announced it is implementing an “Essential Service Plan.”


Starting Friday trains are running on a reduced schedule with trains for essential travel only.

Metro-North Railroad began an amended Saturday schedule as of Friday, March 27, until further notice.

“The amended schedule will provide all-day service for healthcare workers, first responders and essential employees who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis, from early in the morning until after midnight,” MTA said.

The schedule will have additional trains in the morning and afternoon peak periods, and hourly service during off-peak mid-day and evening periods.

During this special schedule, off-peak fares will be in effect.

The reduction in service follows a significant drop in ridership in response to federal, state and local health precautionary directives against COVID-19.

The measure is also being taken to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.

“At Metro-North, we’re here for the region’s critical workers and first responders,” the MTA said.

In Greenwich the Greenwich train station building, which is privately owned, closed as of 8:00pm on Tuesday.

Access the amended schedule online at New.MTA.Info.

For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, download TrainTime.