Late Curtain? No Problem—Grand Central Now Has Later Trains Home

News   Late Curtain? No Problem—Grand Central Now Has Later Trains Home
Metro-North, which operates commuter trains out of Manhattan's Grand Central Station to the suburbs of Westchester County, New York, and Connecticut, is trying to make it easier for theatregoers to catch their ride back home.

The train that many Broadway patrons patronize, the 11 PM, will now leave the station a crucial few minutes later than usual, the New York Times reported. On the Hudson Line, that train, which used to depart at 11:02 PM, will leave at 11:10 PM. The Harlem Line's 11 PM express, meanwhile, will now depart at 11:08 PM. "People have told us in letters and phone calls that they have to jog from Lincoln Center to make their train," Marjorie Anders, a Metro-North spokeswoman, told the Times. "We hear plenty of tales of missed trains...When you're walking from the Broadhurst, those eight minutes make a huge difference."

According the paper, the average number of passengers boarding trains on weekdays after 10 PM has risen more than 8 percent from last year, to about 5,300, and Metro-North hosts about 5,500 late-night passengers on Saturdays, an increase of more than 75 percent in the last decade.

In addition, the last train of the evening, which used to pull out at 1:30 AM, will now do so at 1:50 AM.

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