Metro-North sets new rules as NYC starts reopening
As New York City starts the first phase of reopening, Metro-North Railroad has some new protocols in place for people riding its trains.
The new rules start on Monday, the day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted the city’s first curfew in decades. The curfew was in response to unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
The first phase of reopening comes after more than two months of shutdowns because of the coronavirus.
“As the region prepares for a Phase 1 reopen, and customers begin a slow return to work on Monday. Metro-North is putting in place protocols intended to allow safe and clean travel on our trains,” the railroad said in a statement Sunday.
The current May 27 train schedule will remain in effect until June 15.
“We continue to provide the most aggressive cleaning and disinfecting program in agency history, fully disinfecting our stations every 12 hours, and trains every 24 hours,” the railroad said.
Customers and employees must wear face masks or coverings while on Metro-North property, and should social distance by 6-feet or more where possible.
“Floor decals indicating safe social distancing have been placed at some locations and we ask that customers please follow these guidelines. No cash will be accepted at stations and on-board trains: Customers are encouraged to use MTA eTix, credit/debit cards, or can use cash at our Ticket Vending Machines.”
At Grand Central Terminal, people can expect the following additional changes:
The North Entrance to the Terminal is closed until further notice.
The Lower Level of GCT will reopen for retail shops doing take-out business only (no sit-down food consumption will be allowed during this time.)
Men’s and women’s restrooms are temporarily located at the Station Master’s Office, and the south side rest rooms will be reopened on the Lower Level.
The Vanderbilt Hall entrance continues to be closed until further notice.
All escalators to the 44th Street/MetLife building will reopen.
For more details about our Phase 1 reopen, including how to purchase tickets, changes at Grand Central Terminal and social distancing, please click here.
On May 27, Metro-North expanded service with more train service on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines.