Transportation alternatives after Sunday’s train derailment
Following this weekend’s deadly Metro-North train accident in the Bronx, here are options for commuters traveling to NYC from towns upstate
Mon Dec 2 2013
Early on Sunday morning, a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx; four riders were killed and more than 60 injured. The repairs and investigation will affect service for the 26,000 commuters who take the Hudson Line to Grand Central every day, but the MTA has a plan in place to help people get where they need to be. In any case, expect crowded trains and subways as service is restored.
The Hudson Line—where the train derailed—is operating with reduced service between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers. It's suspended south of the Yonkers station, where an MTA bus is connecting passengers to the 242nd St–Van Cortlandt Park subway station on the 1 line. To accomodate displaced commuters, there will be two more 1 trains per hour during peak hours.
For alternatives to the Hudson Line, upstaters can drive to stops on the Harlem Line; there will be extra parking at the Wassaic, Southeast and Vallhalla (at Kensico Dam) stations. Greyhound, Short Line and other private bus companies offer transportation from Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and other towns in the region. In addition, Amtrak is honoring Metro-North tickets on its Empire Line (which runs from Niagara Falls to Penn Station, with helpful stops in Poughkeepsie, Croton-Harmon and Yonkers), pending space availability.
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