Harckham Calls on MTA to Restore Full Service on Harlem Line

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NYS Senator Pete Harckham (SD40-D-WF).

GOLDENS BRIDGE, NY — August 17, 2020 — York State Senator Pete Harckham called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today to restore full service on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem line so commuters, including first responders and essential workers, can travel to their jobs.

Harckham addressed his concerns in a letter to Catherine Rinaldi, president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, which was delivered to her today as well.

Regular train service from Grand Central Terminal currently terminates at Goldens Bridge. While there is bus service between Goldens Bridge, Purdys, Brewster and Southeast (so bus service is filling the gap at those three stations), residents can use shuttle train service between Southeast and Wassaic, which began today yet only runs every two hours.

In his letter to Rinaldi, Harckham notes that with the economy gradually opening back up after the shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, “workers are increasingly relying on the train for their daily commute,” and adds that essential workers and first responders “need the train to travel to their jobs to provide vital, lifesaving services.”

“As we recover from the health emergency, we need normal train service throughout the line to help fuel economic activity,” Harckham writes, “and help ensure that those who protect us get to their jobs.”

Town of Patterson Supervisor Richard Williams, Sr. said, “We must restore full service for the Harlem line to bolster our economy. At this point, there really is no justification for any reduction of train service to Patterson.”

Metro-North Railroad cut back on its service in late March as the Covid-19 pandemic worsened. With New York City and the metropolitan region slowly re-opening, Metro-North was beginning to resume normal service when Tropical Storm Isaias hit and service was suspended because of high winds and debris on the tracks.

Even with trains running on normal schedules on the Hudson and New Haven lines, Harlem line service remains limited, however.

“I do not understand why Metro-North would leave three villages— Purdys, Croton Falls and Brewster—without any train service, especially when all of the other station stops on the line are being covered,” said Town of North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas, who noted also that Metro-North was not providing the bus service to the Southeast station on the weekends, further inconveniencing residents.

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State Senator Harckham represents New York’s 40th District, which includes the towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County; the towns of Carmel, Patterson and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County; and the city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.

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SOURCE: Tom Staudter | Communications | Photographer | Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham (SD-40).                                                                                                                                                        


TribuneHarckham Calls on MTA to Restore Full Service on Harlem Line

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  1. He is being challenged by Rob Astorino who took a perfectly good County Executive post and BLEW IT….And the reason he blew it was because he was a Trump toady…appearing on TV to defend whatever Trump did or said…and that is while he was an elected County Executive….Rob wanted to be governor and he was so anxious to dethrone Andrew Cuomo that he failed in his basic responsibility to run the county in a fiscally responsible manner…Rather than dealing with the needs of the county and its people Rob focused only on being able to say “i kept your taxes from going up” meanwhile the portion of your taxes that he was talking about was 4%….While Ed Day, also a Republican in Rockland county was getting re elected as a Republican…Rob pissed his opportunity away in order to posture for the governorship…Now Rob is seeking to dislodge Pete Harckham…he wants to be a New York State Senator and bring the Trumpian view of government to Albany…Frankly, he simply doesn’t deserve it….Trump will lose New York State 68-32….and Rob will lose that election as well

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