MTA Readies to Spend Millions on Damaged Port Jervis Line

Monday, September 12, 2011

A washed-out section of Metro-North's Port Jervis line. (flickr)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is getting ready to invest millions of dollars to repair the Port Jervis train line on the western side of the Hudson River. The authority is paying an engineering firm $500,000 to figure out how to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Authority said 2,300 riders take the Port Jervis train through Orange County on an average weekday. That's just a small portion of the thousands of riders who used to take the 37 bus lines in New York City that were cut last summer to save money.

MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the authority has no choice but to make the repairs to the Port Jervis line, and to run 55 buses among eight stations, seven days a week, until the line is fixed.

The storm washed out 14 miles of track, and Anders said there are no alternative transit options like there are in the five boroughs. "Compared to Brooklyn, Orange County's choices are very limited," she said.

Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said he's conflicted: Port Jervis's ridership is low, but he agrees Metro North is the only way for many commuters to get to Manhattan. "It's the only means of transport for these people," he said.

Anders couldn't say how much the substitute bus service is costing the MTA.  But she said the engineering firm will come up with a price tag for repairing the track by the end of the month.


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Comments [4]


1) The Port Jervis line is owned by Norfolk Southern, and it is still used for freight trains. Metro North has a long-term lease of the time, and therefore it's MNR's responsibility to fix it.

2) Future Regional Planning: if Stewart Airport wants to become the region's 4th airport, it's gonna need rail access, and the Port Jervis line can fulfill that role. In addition, one of the proposals for the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge has Metro North running over it, connecting the Port Jervis lines communities directly with new stations in Rockland, and over to Grand Central. More transit accessibility is a good thing.

Sep. 13 2011 09:14 PM

Pardon me. Nothing wrong with my comment, or the other fellow who also says that we need good service. It's that self proclaimed religious type who wrongly believed that trouble will come soon.

Sep. 13 2011 04:06 PM
Jeffrey from North America

The areas served by the line offer people the ability to commute, earn better salaries and spend them where income levels are depressed. Mass transit is also, like it or not the future.

people are missing the opportunity which is to build better quality public transport - its that or else everyone has to pay NYC cost of living...

Sep. 13 2011 02:06 PM
GCL from Astoria Queens

Everything he's said is wrong. Nothing like that will happen. What will happen is that the MTA will realize that the Port Jervis line will cost more to repair then it makes in operating costs.

Sep. 13 2011 12:36 PM

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