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Old 11-23-2015, 09:40 AM
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Hello!

I'm wondering if anyone has personal experience with the Chappaqua to GCT commute. Perspectives on the 7:34am express to GCT and the 6:29pm/6:56pm/7:21pm express to Chappaqua would be most helpful. How is it parking at the station? Do you get a seat? Do the trains run on time?

I have heard so many horror stories about the lower Westchester Harlem line commutes - 30 to 35 min commutes really being 40 - 45 min commutes - that I'm wondering if the upper Westchester express trains are truly 45 - 50 mins or if these run 5 - 10 min late as well.

Would really appreciate your personal experience.
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:47 PM
 
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I go on the harlem line and get off i. Scarsdale. The app says the train takes 29 minutes and it usually does. I have foumd that in the am the times to gcs are very optimistic for reality. App says 33 minutes but trains are usually late 5 or so minutes so my 9:06 arrival is usually 9:10am.
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:22 PM
 
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I ride those exact trains between Chappaqua and GCT frequently. I agree with newnewyorkers that you should add on 5 minutes or so to the morning arrival time, because things slow down in the Bronx and through the tunnels in Manhattan. The trains are usually right on time leaving from Chappaqua in the mornings. I don't know that I would call 5-10 minutes extra a "horror story" though, especially over the distance out that Chappaqua is from the city. In my experience, the trains in the evening, particularly after 7 pm, are more precisely on time. In both directions, you can always get a seat and almost always without resorting to the middle seat in the three-seat side.

I don't park at the station but it's a large lot that I don't think fills up until later in the morning. Definitely space for the 7:34. If you live in the Town of New Castle, the yearly permit is very reasonably priced.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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If you have a resident parking permit, can you usually find a space if taking a train between 7 and 8am? I read in another thread that there is a shortage of spaces. What do people to if they have a permit but can't find a space?
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:30 AM
 
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As long as you're not on the New Haven line then you'll avoid the majority of the Metro North horror stories. :-)
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:16 AM
 
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I routinely take the 8:12 train and there's always parking. My husband takes a slightly later train on occasion and also has always found a spot. From 7 to 8 it's really not a concern; I'm surprised to hear that it has been cited as such in other threads.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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I have heard so many horror stories about the lower Westchester Harlem line commutes ... run 5 - 10 min late
First world problems!
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:43 AM
 
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Thanks amilliontransplants and allany13 for the helpful input.

outofbrooklyn, I didn't make the comment, but are pot shot character swipes really in any way helpful? We know we're privileged. But caring about being on time to work doesn't necessarily mean you've lost all perspective on your place in the world, and this IS a thread about commuter trains after all (as opposed to a "***** about your worst problems in life" discussion).
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:28 AM
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Hello!

I'm wondering if anyone has personal experience with the Chappaqua to GCT commute. Perspectives on the 7:34am express to GCT and the 6:29pm/6:56pm/7:21pm express to Chappaqua would be most helpful. How is it parking at the station? Do you get a seat? Do the trains run on time?

I have heard so many horror stories about the lower Westchester Harlem line commutes - 30 to 35 min commutes really being 40 - 45 min commutes - that I'm wondering if the upper Westchester express trains are truly 45 - 50 mins or if these run 5 - 10 min late as well.

Would really appreciate your personal experience.


In the morning all those train times are extended. Its the final leg from in the Park ave. tunnel to the platform in GCT that results in delays, not something further up the lines. It doesn't matter where you are coming from or on which line. There's virtually always a 5 minute add on.


The times are accurate for the reverse commute.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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For those driving to the train station. Any idea on how long it takes to leave the parking lot? Is there a large bottleneck to leave?
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