NEW YORK – MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi announced that Hudson Line service will resume for the morning commute on Tuesday, September 7.
The first trains to operate since the remnants of Hurricane Ida unleashed record-setting rains in the region on the evening of Wednesday, September 1, will begin operating Tuesday shortly after 4 a.m.
Trains will operate every half hour in each direction during main commute times and hourly at other times to all stations from Croton-Harmon south. Poughkeepsie service will be hourly at all times.
To find schedules, customers should look to MTA.info, Metro-North Train Time app and the MYmta app where schedules will be posted this afternoon.
Following initial post-storm inspections and clearance of trees, vegetation and debris from the tracks, MTA crew members and contractors have spent the past 105 hours restoring slopes and ballast that had been washed out by floodwaters at multiple locations throughout the Hudson Line, installing 600 cubic yards of heavy stone fill to stabilize areas surrounding tracks for safe operation. Much of the work has been at Greystone, where waters cascaded down from Warburton Avenue creating a mudslide onto the tracks.
The railroad will operate with two of its four tracks in service between Riverdale and Tarrytown, where the northbound express and local tracks remain out of service. Customers in this section will notice crews have erected temporary metal walkways – known among railroad personnel as bridge plates – that will connect from northbound platforms to operating tracks, bridging tracks that are out of service.
The MTA’s work to restore the line also allows for Amtrak Empire Corridor service to resume tomorrow along with the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, and other trains that use the line, and it allows CSX to resume freight service, including the transportation of waste generated in the Bronx out of New York City for deposit in landfills.
Service on the Harlem Line and New Haven Line, where damage was less pronounced, resumed on Friday morning, Sept. 3.