Below is what I remember from the message the Metro-North conductor gave us last Wednesday. We were stopped south of Croton-Harmon. It seems like a good time to reminisce as the Hudson Line trains are running late again tonight.
“Sorry about the delay everyone. We’ve got a delayed train in front of us, signal problems, and speed restrictions. Again, sorry about the delay.”
It summed it up; single tracking, track work, delayed trains ahead, and speed restrictions. Here are some of my personal observations:
Monday: The 5:32p arrived in Cold Spring after 7p. Schedule arrival 6:46p.
Wednesday: The 5:53p arrived in Cold Spring 12 minutes late.
Thursday: 645p train arrived late in Cold Spring. I can’t remember but it was late.
Friday: The 10:16a from Cold Spring arrived at Grand Central 10 minutes late.
According to June’s numbers, Metro-North had more than 1100 trains late or cancelled across the system. In May, it was worse, with more than 1400 trains delayed or cancelled. For late trains, Metro-North only counts trains that are more than 5:59 late, as umm, late.
And you can add the 6:15p Hudson Line train to Poughkeepsie to the late list. We are now 20 minutes late.