Today is the first commuting day of July, which means:
1. You need a new monthly pass, and
2. It’s the first day of the Great Metro-North On-Time Challenge, where Trainjotting puts Metro-North to the test to see how often it’s on time (unlike Metro-North’s self-test, which allows a five minute, 59 second cushion–thus enabling those 99% “on-time” rates–we’re giving Metro-North 59 seconds).
And, wouldn’t you know it, Metro-North rubs it in our face by pulling in to Grand Central a full two minutes before it was due in this morning. (Granted, it was the slacker-friendly 9:16, when tunnel traffic is light, but still.)
It’s a heck of a start for Metro-North.