Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Metro-North Riders: Here's What You Need to Know
Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 06:32 PM
In the wake of Sunday's derailment, trains on the Hudson Line won't be running normally. The MTA is advising passengers to telecommute on Monday -- but if that's just not possible, expect delays...and shuttle buses.
Until the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the derailment is completed, the MTA won't be able to begin repairing the tracks. According to its press release, here's the MTA's service plan.
Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, MTA Bus will provide a shuttle bus between the Yonkers Station and the 242nd Street terminus of the Broadway #1 local subway, until further notice.
New York City Subways will operate two additional #1 local trains per hour during the peak periods.
Hudson Line will continue to be cross-honored on the subway.
Many of the 26,000 people who use the Hudson Line on an average weekday are encouraged to ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.
People who do not have to travel are urged to telecommute. People should expect crowded trains.
In cooperation with Westchester and Putnam counties and local municipalities, special parking is being arranged to accommodate additional drivers at the Southeast Station at the northern terminus of the Harlem line and at Kensico Dam, which is in walking distance to the Valhalla station. Riders should consult mta.info for additional information on the continuing repair effort and service restoration.
Metro-North Customer Service representatives will be on hand to assist customers in making the transfers.
The accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, a southbound, Hudson Line train with about 120 passengers on board derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. All cars derailed.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators who arrived on Sunday and immediately began documenting the scene. Metro-North is cooperating fully with that investigation.
Customers are advised to check the website at mta.info for the latest service updates.