To ensure order aboard and to assure that fares are collected, conductors will be posted at Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon to collect tickets before customers board trains. This procedure, called gate collection, is commonly used at Grand Central after other high volume travel days, such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New Year’s Eve ball drop.
Customers should buy round trip tickets in advance at their home stations using ticket machines and ticket offices. (Special machines are being installed for the day at Beacon in the underpass.) Because large crowds are expected, customers should get to the station early to buy tickets.
In an effort to maintain orderly travel for customers, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms or at stations on Tuesday, March 17. Any alcoholic beverages found by MTA Police on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA Police.
For more details go to the schedules page at www.mta.info/mnr or call Metro-North’s Customer Service Center at 511. In Connecticut, call 877-690-5114