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

Monday, September 26, 2011

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

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


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by