Metro-North tests on-board announcements for new Yankee Stadium stop in advance of May 23 opening
The electronic sign aboard a Metro-North train Saturday night already displays the name of the stop: Yankees -- East 153rd Street. The conductor had to clarify that the train was not stopping there -- yet. (Photo: Rolando Pujol)
By Melinda Hsia
Special to amNewYork
Attention Metro-North riders: Dont be surprised to hear on-board announcements for the soon-to-open station at the new Yankee Stadium.
Metro-North has begun to test the electronic and audio announcements for the station, which will be called Yankees East 153rd Street. It opens May 23, on time and on budget, officials at the commuter line said.Metro-North will move into the station exactly 24 months after the contract was finalized.
Tickets sales will begin on May 1. A one-way trip to the Yankees Stadium from Grand Central Terminal will cost $6.50 during peak hours and $5.00 off-peak. Fans coming from the Harlem and New Haven lines will pay the cost of traveling to Grand Central Terminal plus an additional $1 during peak time and $.75 off-peak for one-way tickets. For those with weekly or monthly passes there will be no additional charge.
But baseball fans wont be the only ones to use the stop, as the station will operate like any other stop on the Metro-North line.
We expect people in the Bronx to use it to go north for work more than for [going] down to Manhattan, said Marjorie Anders, a Metro-North spokeswoman, We do think
that there is a reverse peak for employment in Yonkers and Tarrytown.
Trains will run every 20 minutes during rush hours and every hour at other times.