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Take Metro-North to Walkway Over the Hudson and Hudson Valley Rail Trail Mayfest Essential Farmers and Makers Market

Metro-North Railroad
Updated May 7, 2021 4:15 p.m.

Walkway Over the Hudson Providing Free Shuttle Service From Metro-North's Poughkeepsie Station 


MTA Metro-North Railroad is partnering with Walkway Over the Hudson to offer a special weekend getaway service to the Hudson Valley for this year’s Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market. Mayfest is hosted by Walkway Over the Hudson and is held throughout the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Walkway’s Ulster Welcome Center Plaza in Highland, NY. The festival is a showcase of the Hudson Valley’s local restaurants, arts and goods.  

To welcome as many New Yorkers as possible, Metro-North and Walkway Over the Hudson are providing an easy way to get to Mayfest with free shuttle service to and from Metro-North's Poughkeepsie station. Quality Bus will run the free shuttle service between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. during Mayfest. 

“As the region reopens we need to support our local businesses,” said Catherine Rinaldi, President of Metro-North Railroad. “Metro-North provides an easy way to get away for the day, enjoy not only the great views of the Hudson Valley, but the many foods and drinks made locally.” 

The opening ceremony of Mayfest will be held on Saturday May, 8 at 12:30 p.m. and the festival itself will run through the weekend, ending on Sunday, May 9. In honor of Mother’s Day all moms attending Mayfest on Sunday will receive a complimentary flower courtesy of Tompkins Mahopac Bank. General admission to Mayfest is free; for those looking to taste test, testing area tickets are $25 and available at https://walkway.org/mayfest

Metro-North's Poughkeepsie station is the terminus station on the Hudson Line. Metro-North riders can transfer to Poughkeepsie-bound trains at Harlem-125 St. Customers traveling from New York City can take a Hudson Line train out of Grand Central Terminal. Wearing masks is required on all trains and at stations. Train crews can provide masks to any customer who needs one. 

To welcome riders back and offer fun getaways to the Hudson Valley, and other areas throughout the MTA’s service region, the Authority launched a new dedicated webpage for day trips. 

Customers can look up Hudson Line trains to Poughkeepsie here or use Metro-North's upgraded TrainTime app that now includes real-time capacity tracking to enhance social distancing, real-time train location updated every three seconds and is available in six languages.  

About Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park  

Connecting the City of Poughkeepsie and the Hamlet of Highland in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a renowned tourism and recreation destination visited by 600,000 people each year. Standing 212 feet above the river's surface and more than 6,700 feet (1.28 miles) long, the Walkway is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The park provides unique access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset, weather permitting. For more information, visit https://walkway.org/.