In anticipation of a crush of revelers heading to and from New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, Metro-North Railroad is running 14 extra inbound trains and four extra outbound trains for Hudson Valley customers, officials said Friday.
However, riders will have to stick to tea, lemonade and the like while riding the rails. Alcohol, which normally is allowed on Metro-North trains, will be banned all day on trains, platforms and in station depots. MTA police will enforce the ban, the railroad warned.
On the Hudson line, extra trains will leave Poughkeepsie at 7:34 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.; New Hamburg at 7:35 a.m.; and Croton-Harmon at 8:39 a.m., 8:54 a.m., 9:28 a.m. and 1:38 p.m. Check the MTA website for a list of station stops for each extra train, as this varies.
In anticipation of high ridership, tickets at Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon will be collected before boarding, railroad officials said. Passengers must buy their tickets in advance at ticket machines and offices.
On the Harlem line, extra morning trains will leave Southeast at 8:06, 8:35, 9:06, 9:30 and 10:06, according to the railroad. All will stop at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains and White Plains before running express to Manhattan -- with the exception of the 8:35 a.m., which will not stop at Pleasantville.
The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at 5th Avenue and 44th Street, two blocks from Grand Central Station.
After the festivities, extra trains will leave Grand Central Terminal at 4:16 p.m. and 5:16 p.m. on the Hudson line, making Hudson Valley stops at Croton-Harmon, Cortlandt, Peekskill, Garrison, Cold Spring, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.
On the Harlem line, extra outbound trains leave New York at 3:23 p.m. and 5:37 p.m., stopping at Chappaqua, Mount Kisco, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Goldens Bridge, Purdys, Croton Falls, Brewster and Southeast, according to Metro-North. The 3:23 also stops at White Plains, North White Plains, Valhalla, Hawthorne and Pleasantville.
Across the river, New Jersey Transit is adding one inbound and one outbound train, an 8:15 a.m. from Port Jervis and a 5:20 p.m. from Hoboken (5:14 p.m. out of Penn Station) to Port Jervis. Check the NJ Transit website for station stops.