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Old 08-16-2012, 12:30 PM
 
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Default Irvington/Tarrytown commute into Grand Central

I am about to move into a house near Irvington. It has been suggested to me that I would be better off commuting to Grand Central from Tarrytown as it has express trains which will get me there much quicker. This has me slightly stumped, because according to the Metro North schedules, the fastest train into GCS in the morning from Irvington is 40 minutes, and the fastest from Tarrytown is 38 minutes. As Tarrytown is about 3 minutes further away from my house than Irvington, I cannot see what I am gaining (other than that Tarrytown has more frequent trains). I am therefore wondering if the train timetables are masking the reality and in fact the local trains from Irvington generally take much longer than the schedules say? Could anyone familiar with this commute share their experience.

Sorry – I know this is an unbelievably dull question!!!
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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Since you're relatively close to Manhattan, the express trains don't save a whole lot of time, but you still have the advantage of more frequent service, which gives you more options in case you're running late and miss your local train or whatever. I don't take Metro-North too often, but those trains go by the stations pretty quickly, so it might be a couple of extra minutes that you save (instead of just 2 it might be 5 or something), but the main issue is the frequency.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Thank you very much. I guessed that the frequency was probably the main advantage. I appreciate you taking a moment to respond.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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There's also a chance that the Tarrytown trains will have more seating open, as on an express train stopping at Tarrytown will be the first or second stop, but on a local, Irvington will be 5th. Of course people seek out express trains, so this may balance itself out.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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It's definitely a frequency thing. And some people also like that you can find taxis easily at the Tarrytown station.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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You should check where you are eligible to park. I had looked at a house with in the Irvington school district that was actually in Tarrytown, and would have not been eligible for an Irvington permit.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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There's also a chance that the Tarrytown trains will have more seating open, as on an express train stopping at Tarrytown will be the first or second stop, but on a local, Irvington will be 5th. Of course people seek out express trains, so this may balance itself out.
There's also a chance that the train will have less seating because Tarrytown's the last stop until 125th Street or GCT. I take a morning train that begins at Ossining and stops at Scarborough and Phillipse Manor before it gets to Tarrytown. By that time, there aren't many seats left and there are always a few standees.
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