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Old 05-02-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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Hi!

I'll be doing a part time internship for a couple months in the city, I have a couple questions in regards to the Brewster station.

Is there more than one Metro North station in Brewster?
Whats the cost for parking? Do the lots fill up?
Are trains packed during week peak hours? (no seats, etc?)
Are there any train switches in between the Brewster station and Grand Central?

Any basic survival tips are appreciated, I've never ridden the Metro North before.



Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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There used to be Brewster and Brewster North but now Brewster North is called the Southeast. The Croton Falls stop is just south of Brewster. I don't know about the parking situation in Brewster, but I see many cars parked along the local roads near the Croton Falls train station. I assume these poeple leave their cars there all day for free and take the train in..apparently the police do not issue tickets.

Its a direct line to GCT (Harlem), no change necessary. I would think that, being a northern stop, you should be able to get a seat coming into NYC
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Brewster, NY
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Is there more than one Metro North station in Brewster?
Yes, Brewster and Southeast. The former is in the village, and if you leave early in the morning you can get a metered space very close to the station. Southeast has a much larger parking lot, but it is so expansive that you may have to build in extra walking time to catch your train! If you drive a bit further south there is also ample parking (on the same train line) in Purdys and Goldens Bridge. The parking in Croton Falls is very limited.

Whats the cost for parking? Do the lots fill up?
In Brewster it is approximately $5 per day for a metered space. Most of the stations on the Harlem line have their parking managed by a company called LAZ, so I would expect a similar cost across the board. They also have a mobile app which is convenient (you can pay on your phone instead of pausing at the meter). If you are leaving late morning, you may have trouble with the lot filling up in Brewster village; Southeast has more capacity.

Are trains packed during week peak hours? (no seats, etc?)
Since Brewster and Southeast are pretty far north (in some cases the trains originate in Southeast), you can usually get a seat in the morning. On the ride home however, it can be quite packed. On the plus side the trains run very frequently, so if you are concerned about getting a seat you can board early at Grand Central, though it might mean taking a slightly later train than you could catch if you were OK with standing room.

Are there any train switches in between the Brewster station and Grand Central? Nope (unless something breaks down!)
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