Metro North Harlem Line Update

Here is the latest update for Metro-North Harlem line service after last night’s accident in Valhalla:

MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast and Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti are working today in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board on its investigation regarding last evening’s collision between a passenger train and SUV near Valhalla Station. MTA Metro-North Railroad is accompanying the NTSB with its initial on-site investigation of the incident.

MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said: “The entire MTA family’s thoughts are with the relatives and loved ones of the victims of last night’s tragedy. We are tremendously saddened by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them. We also thank the first responders who assisted with safely removing the passengers from the trains and transporting those who were injured to area hospitals. And we extend our gratitude to the American Red Cross, local hospitals and communities who have provided care and assistance during this difficult time, and Town of Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi for making Town Hall available.”

Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti said: “We want Metro-North’s customers to know that they can remain confident that their safety, and the safety of our employees, is always the first priority in everything we do. We will work closely with the NTSB and local officials to determine the exact cause of this tragedy, and work to ensure such incidents are not repeated.”

For people who had loved ones who may have been affected by the accident, Metro-North has established a family assistance center at the Office of the Westchester County Medical Examiner, 10 Dana Road, Valhalla. Information also is available at 1-800-METRO-INFO (800-638-7646).

Metro-North train service will remain suspended between Pleasantville and North White Plains until further notice due to this incident. Limited bus/train service for Upper Harlem Line customers is available on the website at As the NTSB announced this morning, the train will remain until the NTSB completes the on-site investigation and the train will then be removed. At that time Metro-North will make repairs and regular service through this area will resume.

As more information becomes available we will notify customers as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor and local media for regular updates.

We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work to recover from this tragedy.

Also in a related update, the death toll has been revised from the initial reported 7 to 6 which includes 5 Metro-North passengers & the driver of the Jeep. The total amount of people treated for injuries at local hospitals is 15.

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Metro North Service Update For Wed Feb 4

As many would expect, service on the Metro-North Harlem line will be altered due to the tragic accident in Valhalla last night. Here are the details:

Because of the accident tonight at Valhalla, Metro-North is providing alternate service tomorrow for Harlem Line customers. Customers should expect delays and crowding conditions.

Trains will operate from Wassaic to Southeast, where customers will be able to board a bus to Beacon on the Hudson Line.

Electric train service will operate from Brewster to Goldens Bridge. Then customers will board a bus shuttle to North White Plains where they will get back on a train.

From Goldens Bridge to Pleasantville, customers will board buses for the trip to North White Plains.

Train service will operate normally from North White Plains and all points south.

There will not be service at Valhalla or Hawthorne. Customers should go to an alternate station.

Metro-North will cross honor tickets on the Hudson and New Haven lines. There will be free parking at Cortlandt.

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Metro-North Accident Leaves 7 Dead

Unfortunately tragedy has once again struck the Metro-North Railroad as 7 people were killed after a Harlem line train struck a Jeep sitting on the tracks in Valhalla. Here is more via a report from Pete Donohue & Joseph Stepansky of the New York Daily News:

Seven people were killed and 12 others injured Tuesday night when a Metro-North train hit an SUV on the tracks and set off a fireball in Westchester County, authorities said.

County Executive Rob Astorino said at least 10 of the injured were seriously hurt. The dead included the driver of the car and at least five train passengers, a police source said.

The Harlem Line train with about 800 people on board slammed a Jeep Cherokee, which was on the tracks on the Commerce St. crossing in Valhalla at 6:30 p.m., authorities said.

The Jeep and the front of the train both burst into flames on impact, according to MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders.

The Jeep was stopped for unknown reasons on the tracks when the gate fell down on it, Anders said.

The female driver had gotten out to look at the back of the vehicle — then got back in and tried to drive forward but was stuck, Anders said.

The train shoved the car about 10 train-car lengths north.

Click here for the complete report.

Let me first offer my condolences to the friends & family of the victims of this tragic accident. They were most likely on their way home after a day of work & suddenly their lives come to an end.

I like many others are very curious as to why the car was just stopped on the tracks like that. I am not sure what possessed the driver to get back in the car instead of fleeing to safety. The investigation should begin to answer those questions in the coming days, weeks & months.

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Service Diversions 01-30-15

Get an early start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Have a great weekend!

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LIRR Expects Normal Service Tomorrow

Just a couple of minutes ago, the MTA Long Island Railroad announced it expects to run normal weekday service tomorrow. Here are the details:

On Wednesday, January 28, the Long Island Rail Road expects to run normal weekday service on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and West Hempstead Branches. In addition, normal weekday service will be provided between Speonk and Babylon. There will be no morning rush hour service between Montauk and Speonk, or between Greenport and Ronkonkoma, where the snowdrifts are highest. LIRR personnel will continue their snow fighting efforts through the night.

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