Spring Means Pinstripes, Baseball, and Metro-North Trains to Yankee Stadium!

The New York Yankees' 2011 season is starting next week, and that means Metro-North Railroad is back for its third year of service to Yankee Stadium! Metro-North will provide train service to all Yankees home games, starting with the afternoon season opener against Detroit on Thursday, March 31.

With gas prices at nearly $4 a gallon and game day parking fees expected to rise to $35 and up, there's never been a better time for baseball fans to try out Metro-North Railroad's special train service to the railroad's newest station, Yankees-E. 153rd Street - a short walk from the stadium.

"Yankees fans, leave the car behind and enjoy a convenient, relaxing and air-conditioned ride with the company of your fellow fans," said Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut.

While Metro-North serves the Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station 365 days a year with local service on the Hudson Line, on game days – and game nights – the railroad offers special service for fans. All weekend and weeknight games are served by special "Yankee Clipper" trains that offer direct service to the stadium from as far away as New Haven, Southeast and Poughkeepsie. The Yankee Clippers are timed to reach the stadium for the first pitch and to let fans have a leisurely walk to the station after the final out.

For weekday afternoon games, including Opening Day, the railroad offers extra service on the Hudson Line and special shuttles to and from Grand Central. Fans from the New Haven and Harlem Lines can use regularly scheduled trains and transfer at Harlem-125th Street for the short shuttle ride to the stadium.

The shuttles operate continuously before, during and after the games.

Alcoholic beverages may be consumed on the train, but open containers are not allowed on station platforms and must be discarded.

Many Trains To and From Every Game

Fans using all three east-of-Hudson lines have lots of train choices for each game, and all are detailed in our special Yankees-E. 153rd Street timetable. The timetable is available at mta.info and printed copies will be available at outlying ticket offices and Grand Central Terminal. Fans will also be able to enter point-to-point travel plans into Metro-North's interactive schedule tool at MTA.info. Schedules for all Metro-North trains, including special game day trains, are also available by sending a point-to-point itinerary via text message to CooCoo (266266) and Metro-North Train Time online and via Smartphone.

Hudson Line

• Metro-North will provide direct service to and from all home games from all stations both north and south of Croton-Harmon via regularly scheduled trains.

• To all weekend and weekday afternoon games, Metro-North offers a Yankee Clipper special from select stations that are timed to let fans get to the stadium 60 or 75 minutes before the first pitch.

• From all weeknight and weekend games, Metro-North offers a Yankee Clipper special to select stations that is timed to depart 20-45 minutes after the last out.

Harlem Line & New Haven Line

• Metro-North will provide special Yankee Clipper direct trains to and from all weeknight and weekend games. These trains are timed to arrive at the stadium 105 to 45 minutes before the first pitch, and depart 20-45 minutes after the last out.

• As an alternative, or to reach weekday afternoon games, fans can take regularly scheduled trains and change at Harlem-125th Street for a short shuttle train ride to the stadium.

Grand Central Terminal & Harlem-125th Street

• Metro-North will provide frequent shuttle service to, from and during all games.

A One-Ticket Ride for All Trips

All trips to or from the stadium on any line can be made with just one ticket, whether you ride a direct train or change at Harlem-125th Street. Be sure to keep your ticket with you as you'll be asked for it by ticket collectors at the Yankees-E. 153rd Street station.

Fans should buy round-trip or one-way tickets before boarding for the best price. Tickets from all Hudson Line stations (except Grand Central Terminal and Harlem-125th Street) are the less expensive "intermediate" tickets that are valid at all times. All tickets from Harlem Line and New Haven Line stations are off-peak, except for trips returning from weekday afternoon games. For customers starting their trips at Grand Central, trips to weeknight games are peak, and others are off-peak.

Any time, kids aged 5 to 11 ride for just 75¢ each. Commuters who hold monthly tickets to Grand Central Terminal or Harlem-125th Street can use those tickets to reach Yankees-E. 153rd Street at no additional charge.