PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE
MTA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD
Orange County is served by MTA Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis Line through a service contract with New Jersey Transit (NJT) and by the Metro-North Hudson Line on the east side of the river.
The Port Jervis Line. Service currently runs from seven stations in Orange County to Hoboken and the Secaucus Transfer Station (as well as other rail station stops in New Jersey). From the new station in Secaucus, passengers may connect with other New Jersey Transit service to NY Penn Station in midtown Manhattan (or to other NJT services, including a connection for Amtrak service at Newark Penn Station). Port Jervis Line passengers may also connect with the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) service or NY Waterway ferry service in Hoboken for access to lower Manhattan.
The Pascack Valley Line. On the west side of the Hudson River, it also provides service to Manhattan via Hoboken or Secaucus. Some Orange County residents access this service at the Spring Valley Station in Rockland County. Metro-North's Hudson Line service operates between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal on the east side of mid-town Manhattan.
The Hudson Line. The principal Hudson Line station for most Orange County residents is in Beacon, directly across the Newburgh Beacon Bridge. The station is also easily accessible by ferry in the peak period from the Newburgh waterfront and by bus shuttle from the Park & Ride facility on Route 17K (parking is free in both locations). Hudson Line service is more frequent and more direct to mid-town as compared to the Port Jervis Line. [The Peekskill or Croton-Harmon stations can also be readily accessed via the Bear Mountain Bridge.] Aiport Shuttle: The Newburgh Beacon Shuttle currently also provides a direct transit link between the Hudson Line station at Beacon with the passenger terminal at Stewart International Airport.
WHICH RAIL LINE SHOULD I TAKE?
After reading about Metro-North’s Hudson Line service and the Port Jervis Line service you may be wondering which rail line to take to New York City. That may depend on where you plan on going in Manhattan. If you are going to Midtown or the East Side of Manhattan it may make sense to ride the Hudson Line. If you are going to the West Side, lower Manhattan or the financial district, it may make sense to use the Port Jervis Line.
CAN I TAKE MY BICYCLE ON THE TRAIN?
Yes, as long as you have a valid Bicycle Access Permit. Visit www.mta.info or call 800-METRO INFO (800-638-7646) to get an application for a Bicycle Access Permit and for more information.
WHERE CAN I PARK TO TAKE THE TRAIN?
Daily parking is available at all Metro-North/New Jersey Rail Transit passenger rail stations on the Port Jervis Line. Each rail station in the county has parking available (for a fee on weekdays; free on holidays and weekends). Stations are located at: Harriman, Salisbury Mills/Cornwall, Campbell Hall, Middletown, Otisville, and Port Jervis. There is also extremely limited weekday daily parking at Beacon on the Hudson Line. Most of these stations have recently been expanded and improved through the efforts of MTA Metro-North. Some connecting transit services are available at these stations.
Metro-North passenger rail information may be obtained en espanol at www.mta.info
There is no direct Amtrak passenger service in Orange County. The closest Amtrak line runs along the east side of the Hudson River between New York City and Albany, and west to Buffalo or north to Montreal. Amtrak stops are located in Poughkeepsie and Croton-Harmon. Amtrak connections can also be made by taking the Port Jervis line to Newark Penn Station via a transfer at the Secaucus station. The high speed Amtrak Acela service stops at Newark Penn Station as well as the standard Amtrak Metroliner services. 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) www.Amtrak.com