The Metro-North Commuter Railroad (reporting mark MNCR), trading as MTA Metro-North Railroad or Metro-North, is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), an authority of New York State. It is the busiest commuter railroad in the United States in terms of monthly ridership.
The Metro-North Commuter Railroad
Metro-North Railroad History
Most of the trackage east of the Hudson River and in New York State was under the control of the New York Central Railroad (NYC). The NYC initially operated three commuter lines, two of which ran directly into Grand Central Terminal. Metro-North’s Harlem Line was initially a combination of trackage from the New York and Harlem Railroad and the Boston and Albany Railroad, running from Manhattan to Chatham, New York in Columbia County.
Metro-North Railroad Plans
Metro-North is continually upgrading trackage, equipment, and station facilities.
Metro-North is in the process of upgrading its Operations Control Center in Grand Central Terminal. In 2008, construction began on a new Operations Control Center to replace all control hardware. Software upgrades are providing for state of the art rail traffic technology. Construction is underway on the OCC at GCT and construction on a backup OCC is also underway.
Metro North Hudson Line
Railfanning at Marble Hill