Updated 06/13/2012 06:23 PM
Metro-North's plan to add more service to Port Jervis line
Metro-North ready to make big investments on the Port Jervis line to help frustrated commuters. YNN's Elaina Athans was at the Harriman Train Station with more on the plans being rolled out.
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HARRIMAN, N.Y. -- Metro-North is aggressively moving forward with plans to add a double track along the Port Jervis line. The rail runs through Orange County and it's among the fastest growing area in Metro-North territory. The Transportation Authority says by adding this extra line it will finally meet the growing demands.
The Port Jervis line is on its way to getting an overdue upgrade. Metro-North gearing up to add a second track to the railroad. It'll help commuters like Annette Kieferle, who carries around a schedule every day to keep her on track for when the trains are coming.
"This is it. This is your bible," said commuter Annette Kieferle.
She says the departure times are so far apart right now missing a train means you'll spend hours waiting for the next one and your entire day could be pushed back.
“I’ll be working late tonight just to make up the time because I missed that middle train because of a doctor’s appointment," said Kierferle.
Metro-North is spending $9.4 million on a study looking into the changes. The proposed additional track would run from the Salisbury Mills area down to Sloatsburg. That stretch sees of a good amount of commuters, most of which tired of the infrequent service.
"It is annoying. It’s not convenient at all. The whole point of this is that its convenience," said commuter Julian Rivera.
The multi-million dollar study is expect to wrap up in about a year-and-a-half. After that, Metro-North will have to figure how to pay for the construction. It still is not sure how much it'll cost to retrofit the line.