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Most Train Service Resumes On Metro-North's Hudson Line

Metro-North has resumed service to 90 percent of its customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Metro-North has resumed service to 90 percent of its customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Phil Corso

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Nearly all regularly scheduled service resumed Friday on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line between Croton Harmon and Grand Central Terminal in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to a Friday morning statement.

The opening of the train line came one day after the MTA resumed most of the regularly scheduled service on the Harlem and New Haven Lines, which an MTA spokeswoman said was fabulous.

Metro-North is now providing "normal, full service to almost 90 percent of its customers," MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.

"The work that's been done is unbelievable," said Anders. "I'm not saying that everything is perfect because we don't have all of our tracks back, we don't have all of our switches back, we still have some damage to stations. There's craziness out there, but we're running trains. That's massive."

Anders added that "overall ridership was just 60 percent" of the normal morning rush hours.

"By Line, Harlem ridership was 70 percent of normal, the New Haven was 60 percent of normal and the Hudson Line was 40 percent of normal," she said in the release.

Some service segments remain suspended, including the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Croton Harmon/Grand Central, the Wassaic Branch on the Harlem Line, and New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches on the New Haven Line, the MTA said in a Friday morning statement.

MTA fares were suspended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after declaring a transportation emergency Wednesday night. They remain suspended Friday. Trains are also free in Connecticut, said a statement from Gov. Dannel Malloy.

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