Full Service on Hudson Line Returns Days After Tracks Sustained Severe Storm Damage
MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced the return of full Hudson Line service Thursday, July 13, following clean up from severe storm damage. Metro-North was able to restore nearly full service on the line Wednesday, with a few cancelled trains due to continued work on the tracks.
“The damage to the Hudson Line and Wassaic Branch caused by Sunday’s storm resembled the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, so to be able to get service back in three days is remarkable,” said Metro-North Railroad President and LIRR Interim President Catherine Rinaldi. “Metro-North crews literally worked around-the-clock to get us here. I want to thank the riders that were impacted most by the storm for their patience, and of course to the Metro-North family for stepping up once again.”
Service was suspended on the Hudson Line north of Croton-Harmon on Sunday afternoon and on the Harlem Line north of Southeast on Monday morning, due to severe storm damage. Hundreds of Metro-North crew members began working on Sunday night and continued through the week. Crews cleared fallen trees, mud, boulders and debris from sections of track where the rushing water had risen well above the rails.
Less than two days after the storms, Metro-North was able to return service to the Hudson Line, beginning with Poughkeepsie-bound trains operating on Tuesday evening and then providing nearly full service Wednesday morning.
Regular service was also restored on the Upper Harlem Line Wednesday morning.