MTA Vows Full Service on Irene-Wrecked Port Jervis Line by Year's End

Metro-North Railroad said service along the length of the Port Jervis line of badly damaged by Tropical Storm Irene should be restored by the end of the year.

The line that serves about 2,800 riders a day in Rockland and Orange counties was damaged when flooding from the storm washed away thousands of tons of ballast and earth that supported the tracks along one 14-mile stretch in particular, where the rails are badly twisted and suspended in mid-air.

Buses are replacing trains in areas where tracks have yet to be repaired.

Track reconstruction is expected to be completed in December, but construction work to prevent future flooding will continue.

The railroad estimates costs at $50 million. It is hoping for federal funds and insurance proceeds.

With the Associated Press