2011-08-24 / Front Page

Metro-North to resume limited service this afternoon

But only as far as Croton-Harmon, North White Plains

Limited train service to and from Grand Central on the Hudson line will resume this afternoon, Monday. Service from Cold Spring and Garrison, along with the entire system, had been suspended since Saturday midday due to Hurricane Irene. Several trees remained across the tracks on the Hudson line, including between Cold Spring and Beacon.

On the Harlem line, service will likewise resume, but only from North White Plains, to and from Grand Central.

Meanwhile, across Putnam County, the latest estimates put the number without power at 58,000,  more than half of the county's population.

-- Douglas Cunningham

Here's the MTA's news release:

Metro-North to Resume Service at 2 PM Today Operating On A Sunday Schedule

On the Lower Hudson and Lower Harlem Lines Only

 Metro-North will begin operating a Sunday schedule at 2 PM today, Monday, August 29, on the Lower Hudson and Lower Harlem Lines.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Metro-North crews continue to work around-the-clock, assess conditions, clear the tracks and repair the infrastructure.

 Metro-North will continue to restore as much service as possible once it is safe to do so.

 The following service will be in effect:

 On the Lower Hudson Line, a regular Sunday Schedule will be in effect between Grand Central and Croton-Harmon only beginning with the following trains:

 Inbound Departures from Croton-Harmon:

            2 PM from Croton-Harmon; All stops to Grand Central.


           2:34 PM from Croton-Harmon; Limited stop express to Grand Central.

  Outbound Departures from Grand Central:

            2:20 PM to Croton-Harmon; All stops to Croton-Harmon.

  On the Lower Harlem Line a regular Sunday Schedule will be in effect between Grand Central and North White Plains only starting with the following trains.

 Inbound departures from North White Plains:

            2:01 PM:  North White Plains & White Plains, then Express to Grand Central

           2:08 PM:  All stops to Grand Central

 Outbound Departures from Grand Central:

            2:25 PM:  All stops from Fordham to North White Plains

           2:48 PM: Express to White Plains/North White Plains

 Customers may use our interactive schedules page to view all train times.

 New Haven Line, Upper Hudson, Upper Harlem and New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury Branch Line Services remain suspended. There is still no signal and third-rail power because of downed transmission poles, trees continuing to fall and water-damaged substations.  Following all repair efforts, patrols trains have to operate to ensure the safety of the tracks before resuming service. 

 On the West of Hudson, Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Line service remains suspended today.  In particular, water continues to flood sections of the Port Jervis Line making it difficult to assess the full impact of the hurricane to critical infrastructure.

 Off-Peak fares will be in effect, and Metro-North will honor West-of-Hudson tickets on the Hudson Line.

 Overnight, hundreds of Metro-North crews addressed several mudslides and washouts along the Hudson Line, removed numerous fallen trees on all three train lines, pumped water out of key locations, restored signal and power systems, repaired and replaced switch motors.  The difficulty of these efforts was compounded by the significant road closures in the territory. 

 Customers are urged to monitor media reports for the latest information, check the MTA's website at http://www.mta.info and sign up for customer email and text message alerts.

 Metro-North regrets any inconvenience you may experience as a result of this service disruption due to Hurricane Irene.


 Earlier story from Sunday afternoon:

Latest reports at 2:15 p.m. indicate that the Glynwood dam in western Putnam is in jeopardy and evacuations are underway. According to Sheriff Don Smith, the worst water situation in Putnam currently is on Route 301 in the Glynwood area, where many people  are being evacuated, the dam is in jeopardy and waters are raging. 

Farther upstate, the Gilboa Dam -- long a troubled structure on the Schoharie Reservoir -- is in danger of breaking, according to the latest reports. While some accounts earlier said it had already breached, the latest, best info is that evacuation sirens are going off because the dam may fail, or is close to failing. A mild earthquake struck there in recent days, and Gov. Cuomo visited the site Sunday morning, though he said at the time that the structure was in no jeopardy.

Meanwhile, in Cold Spring, flooding is the biggest problem, according to deputy mayor Bruce Campbell. Water is up to the stoops of the townhomes near the Hudson River. Power is out in parts of Cold Spring. The loop around the bandstand is closed, and some basements have 3 to 5 feet of water. There is not water, yet, in the tunnel under the tracks.


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