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Metro-North Adds Trains For Friday Afternoon To Relieve Crowding

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- After crowded conditions were reported Friday morning, Metro-North is pre-positioning trains to provide extra rush-hour service for commuters on the afternoon trains back to Westchester County and elsewhere.

Metro-North is operating on a Saturday schedule on this post-Nor'easter Friday.

Customers are urged to monitor the Metro-North website for service information before traveling.

"We are aware of crowding on trains and are running extra trains to relieve crowding. We have run ten extras so far and more to come as needed," Metro-North Railroad ‏said via Twitter @MetroNorth on Friday morning.

The cutback in service to a Saturday schedule for Friday is "due to the severe impact of the winter storm on our service territory and projected lower ridership," Metro-North said late Thursday.

Riders complained via Twitter of short trains, crowded conditions and the reduced schedule.

Christine H told of problems at the White Plains station via Twitter @chewitt06. "So many people were stuck on the platform watching full trains go by."

Even people who made it onto trains had complaints.

"Spotted on @MetroNorth this morning: sardines in a can. Or at least that's what it feels like standing here," Matthew Kanterman ‏said via Twitter @theKanterman. He was on the 7:04 a.m. train from Mamaroneck, N.Y., to Grand Central. "And the train is full."

More than a foot of snow fell across Westchester County in the Nor'easter along with a coating of ice. The ice and snow coated trains, rails and overhead catenary wires along the New Haven Line and beyond.

Customers were advised to anticipate delays and crowded conditions on trains. Off-peak fares will be in effect on Friday.

Commuters are warned to take care when traveling during wintry weather and to allow for additional travel time. Riders should use caution when entering and exiting trains, and on platforms and staircases due to the icy and snowy conditions.

For train times, check the Metro-North website.

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