Metro-North Restores Hudson Line Service

Only a few days after the horrific derailment over the weekend, the MTA Metro-North will restore approximately 98% of its Hudson Line service as of this morning. Here is more via the official press release I received:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that MTA Metro-North Railroad will resume more than 98% of its regular Hudson Line service in time for Wednesday morning’s commute following last weekend’s tragic derailment. The railroad was able to clear debris, begin rebuilding tracks and restore one of the three tracks in the area that was not significantly damaged in the accident.

“Thanks to an extraordinary effort and around the clock work, over 98% of service will be restored for Hudson Line commuters in time for tomorrow morning’s rush hour,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the NTSB continues its investigation of the derailment on Sunday morning, the MTA is fully cooperating to ensure we find out exactly what caused this horrific incident that took the lives of four individuals and injured many others. The families of those we lost and those still recovering continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. I’d like to thank our Metro-North crews and first responders who have been working tirelessly to reopen the Hudson Line as quickly as possible.”

“The extraordinary work of Metro-North forces has enabled a rapid resumption of service and I commend them,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “I also want to thank Governor Cuomo for his continuing leadership during this crisis and all the first responders of the New York Police Department, the New York Fire Department and emergency workers at area hospitals for their quick response and expert assistance in dealing with this tragic incident.”

Personnel worked all night Monday to remove debris and ballast and begin laying new ties. With approval of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, all rail cars were cleared from the tracks by 6 p.m. on Monday and moved to Highbridge Yard in the Bronx and Croton-Harmon Yard in Westchester where they remain impounded by the NTSB for further investigation.

About 900 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from the locomotive before it was removed from the accident scene and workers have used a specialized piece of equipment called a Rail Vac to remove any remaining fuel that spilled during the accident. No fuel reached either the Harlem or Hudson rivers.

Metro-North crews have been rebuilding about 800 feet of track that were damaged by Sunday’s derailment at Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx. The section where the accident occurred has three tracks. The middle track was badly damaged and the outer track, closest to the river, was destroyed. Crews will continue to rebuild the two damaged tracks while service resumes on a single track.

As a result of that limited track capacity for a one-mile segment, six AM peak trains will be combined into three, and all customers should expect possible Hudson Line delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the following trains will be cancelled/combined:

• The 7:15 AM from Scarborough to Grand Central Terminal is combined with the 7:16 AM train from Croton-Harmon, which will make all stops of both trains.

• The 7:37 AM from Ossining to Grand Central Terminal is combined with the 7:40 AM train from Croton-Harmon, which will make all stops of both trains.

• The 8:45 AM train from Greystone to Grand Central Terminal is combined with the 8:22 AM train from Croton-Harmon, which will make all stops of both trains.

The Hudson RailLink bus service will serve the Spuyten Duyvil Station, but there will be no parking at that station because of the presence of numerous heavy duty trucks and specialized track equipment needed for the rebuilding effort.

The work continues with the Track Department installing new ties and running rails, in addition to laying down new rock. New third rail that provides electricity to power the trains will be installed by the Power Department followed by the Signal Department working to restore the signal system. When that work is completed, test trains will be run before service can be resumed. This work will take all day Tuesday and likely run into the next few days. The goal is to restore all tracks as soon as possible.

Meanwhile the railroad will operate all but three of its 175 regular daily Hudson Line trains on a single track.

While the agencies still have a ton of work to do in the coming days & weeks, kudos to the Metro-North for getting the majority of its service back online even if in an altered capacity.

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Metro North Hudson Line Derailment

Metro North Derailment
Aerial view of the derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil Station. Photo courtesy of Mark Bonifacio of the New York Daily News.

A trying year for the MTA Metro-North Railroad has become even worse as a NYC-bound Hudson line train derailed this morning about 100 yards north of the Spuyten Duyvil Station on a large curved section of track.

Reports have been frequent throughout the day. We knew that 4 were confirmed dead & 63 injured. However just a short time ago, the agency released the names of the victims after their families were notified. The victims were:

Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y.

James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y.

James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y.

Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens, N.Y

First & foremost, my heartfelt condolences go out to the friends & families of the victims.

The initial report from motorman William ‘Bill’ Rockefeller Jr. was that he applied the brakes approaching the curve as is normal procedure but they failed him.

Some riders on board including Kathleen Davis said “We were going so fast around that turn, something wasn’t right. All of a sudden everyone went flying. We were dragging on the ground, people were landing on each other. Then there was dirt everywhere.”

The NTSB was quickly on the scene & they along with the MTA will be reviewing the train’s black box for speed records leading up to the derailment.

As one would expect, service through the area will be suspended for sometime. The MTA has released service plan information for the rest of tonight & Monday morning:

Following this morning’s derailment of a Hudson Line train in the Bronx, MTA Metro-North Railroad will continue to provide bus service from the Tarrytown Station to the White Plains Station on the Harlem Line until 2 a.m. Monday.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, MTA Bus will provide a bus shuttle between the Yonkers Station and the 242nd Street terminus of the Broadway #1 local subway, until further notice.

New York City Subways will operate two additional #1 local trains per hour during the peak periods.

Hudson Line will continue to be cross-honored on the subway.

Many of the 26,000 people who use the Hudson Line on an average weekday are encouraged to ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.

People who do not have to travel are urged to telecommute. People should expect crowded trains.

In cooperation with Westchester and Putnam counties and local municipalities, special parking is being arranged to accommodate additional drivers at the Southeast Station at the northern terminus of the Harlem line and at Kensico Dam, which is in walking distance to the Valhalla station. Riders should consult mta.info for additional information on the continuing repair effort and service restoration.

As the days & weeks go by, we will find out more about what led to this horrific tragedy. Make sure to keep checking back as I will be staying on top of this via posts & updates on Twitter.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to take this time to wish all of my readers a Happy Thanksgiving! May you have an awesome time eating a ton of great food!

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Service Diversions 11-27-13

Get a head start on your Thanksgiving holiday weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions.

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Have a safe & wonderful weekend!

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FASTRACK Comes To The F

NYC Transit’s FASTRACK will be coming to the F Train' next week as the line will be rerouted between Manhattan & Brooklyn. Here are complete details via the press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the [F] line in lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. [F] trains will be rerouted via the [A] line in both directions between West 4th Street and Jay Street-MetroTech from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, December 2 to early Friday morning, December 6. There will be no [F] train service at Broadway-Lafayette Street, 2nd Avenue, Delancey Street, East Broadway and York Street. Free shuttle buses, [D] and [J] trains provide alternate service.

Travel Alternatives in Manhattan:
Buses operate between Broadway-Lafayette Street and East Broadway, making station stops at 2nd Avenue and Delancey Street. Customers may use the [D] to connect with shuttle buses at Broadway-Lafayette Street. They may also transfer between [D] and [F] trains at West 4th Street. At Fulton Street, transfers are available to the [4] and the [J].

Travel Alternatives in Brooklyn:
Free shuttle buses operate between York Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. Customers may transfer between free shuttle buses and [F] trains at Jay Street-MetroTech. York Street customers may also use the High Street [A] station.

Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish. Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/fastrack_F.htm.

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