Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced the MTA has proposed service improvements for Rockland County, to be phased in over the course of one year beginning in October. According to the MTA, the purpose of the funding is to “respond to the need for transit services in growing and changing neighborhoods.”
The news came in a July 19th letter from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. Lhoto. Metro-North plans to add two peak period trains on the Pascack Valley Line, as part of service level restoration. These are designed to provide new travel options for Rockland County customers during the peak morning and afternoon travel times.
The MTA has proposed the following service enhancements:
- A new morning peak train will depart Spring Valley at approximately 8 a.m.
- In addition, there will be a new afternoon/evening peak train, which will operate Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays and holidays to provide a mid-afternoon “getaway.”
“I appreciate Chairman Lhota’s long term commitment to providing the Rockland County with the most efficient transportation system possible, and that the MTA will be allocating significant financial resources to improving and expanding services for Rockland County riders,” said Vanderhoef.
The MTA Metro-North Committee was scheduled to meet yesterday to discuss the proposed service investments for Rockland.