After almost a year of construction, work has been completed along the Metro North tracks between Melrose and Tremont stations and service restored at those stations.
The work along 6 miles of tracks between Melrose and Woodlawn has increased the speed which trains can travel between those stations by 15 miles per hour to 75mph.
For months the stations offered shuttle bus service to Fordham, a cumbersome and inconvenient method of getting about for those who ret heavily on the rail lines for reverse commutes into Westchester, Connecticut, and points beyond.
Now that we have our stations restored, we need to increase service at these stations, particularly Melrose which serves the general “downtown” area of the Bronx.
With thousands of new residents that ha e moved into the neighborhood in the dozens of developments, increase in service into and out of the city can only help our overburdened subways during rush hour. The only catch here is that for it to be successful, there needs to be a system of fares comparable if not exactly equal to the subway for those seeking to use the rail into Manhattan or other points within the city.
What do you think we need?