Beginning today, the New Haven Line will operate on an hourly schedule, with extra trains during peak times weekdays.

This is approximately 50 percent less than a normal weekday schedule. The New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines will also operate on a reduced schedule.

The reduced service is the result of massive ridership reductions — Metro-North is now carrying 94 percent less commuters than usual — that has gutted the agency’s revenue stream.

Also beginning today on the Hartford Line between New Haven and Springfield, both CTrail Hartford Line and Amtrak trains will run on a new special weekday schedule.

The new schedule will be posted on the website and at Hartford Line train stations. Shore Line East will continue to operate on a weekend schedule seven days a week.

All rail customers are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets before boarding. Hartford Line and Shore Line East customers may purchase rail tickets using the CTrail e-Tix mobile app or through Ticket Vending Machines located at New Haven Union Station, New Haven State Street Station and all Hartford Line stations.