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Coming Back From Tropical Storm Ida on the Hudson Line

Updated Oct 1, 2021

As Tropical Storm Ida moved into our area on Wednesday, September 1, we suspended late night service due to extreme flooding conditions, downed trees, and power outages.

Service remained suspended all day Thursday, September 2, as our crews assessed the storm’s impact on our infrastructure, including washouts, mudslides, collapsed walls, flooding, fallen trees, and damage to power and signal infrastructure.

Our crews did what was necessary to bring service back on the Harlem and New Haven Lines by Friday morning. We cleared trees and debris and addressed the flooding conditions so we could restore service through the Bronx. We repaired washouts at Port Chester and Darien and at multiple locations on the Harlem Line.

Harlem Line repairs after storm Ida



Storm IDA washout. under tracks

Dobbs Ferry Tropical Storm Ida Track Washout










But the Hudson Line experienced the most significant damage from Ida.

Our teams worked around the clock to perform the necessary track, power, and signal work near Glenwood, which restored tracks 2 and 4 to service on Tuesday, September 7, and track 1 to service on Monday, September 13. To date, work to restore track 3 in this area continues.

There was a significant washout of a culvert just north of Dobbs Ferry station. While we have been able to implement a temporary fix that allows service to run over tracks 2 and 4, it will take months for permanent repairs to be completed on tracks 1 and 3. Bridge plates have been erected at the affected stations.

To accommodate the work, on September 20 we are implementing a new schedule on the Hudson Line that will more closely reflect actual travel times, making trips more reliable as the permanent repairs continue. Check the Metro-North website for more information.



Storm Ida Damage to Hudson Line