At least one round trip, and possibly two, would go from express to local, according to the Middletown Times Herald Record. The move could increase travel times by 20 minutes and result in more crowding.
The MTA plan also calls for eliminating weekend service on the Pascack Valley line, which was introduced only two years ago. However, the Journal-News, a Rockland County newspaper, quotes a spokesman for NJ Transit, which operates the service on both lines, says his agency wants to keep weekend service going on the route, which terminates in Spring Valley, NY.
"We're not prepared to announce any reduction in service on the Pascack Valley line on the weekend," (NJ Transit Spokesman Dan) Stessel said yesterday.
While Stessel said he understood Metro-North was in a difficult financial position, getting rid of weekend service "is not under consideration" because building ridership on a new rail service requires there to be consistency."