nytrainsgogo wrote:because CDOT modestly increases prices, even for the NY passengers on the I-95 corridor who aren't from CT. There should be some blue division catenary cars [new M8s?] serving only NY customers by MTA with no Connecticut intervention.
Also, is there a good deal of NH line customers going to the Harlem line stops between Woodlawn and Fordham? If so they could have some of these trains make harlem line local stops, or at least have a "change at Mount Vernon East" [possibly with a Blue Division m7 ]
CDOT does not increase prices for New York State customers; those fares are set by the MTA. With the price hike, the MTA raised prices so that a trip from Larchmont or Rye is now the same price as from Old Greenwich.
The 66-33 cost split for the New Haven Line (and it's for the entire New Haven Line, not just that part in CT) between CDOT and the MTA is probably a major reason for the Fordham receive/discharge continuing to exist. For a ticket from New Haven to Fordham, the revenue is split accordingly. But for tickets to Fordham from GCT or White Plains, the MTA gets 100% of the revenue, and since Fordham is a very busy station, that's a lot of revenue. The MTA would have to figure out how to compensate CDOT for all the GCT-Fordham tickets collected on New Haven Line trains, and would end up losing some revenue that used to be exclusive on the Harlem Line and thus 100% for the MTA. This is the same reason diversion-in-stations (i.e. a GCT-Yonkers ticket is also valid to Mount Vernon West) is only valid on the Harlem and Hudson Lines, except for the convenience granted commuters with expensive monthly or weekly commutation tickets. Add in concerns about overcrowding, and it means just don't board a New Haven Line train inbound from Fordham, or you'll have to pay the fare from Mount Vernon East.
Interestingly, when/if New Haven Line trains ever go into Penn Station, the trains are supposed to serve a few new local stops in the Bronx.