Shuttle buses provide service on Metro-North Hudson Line amid damaged tracks from flooding

Metro-North officials say crews will be working through the night to evaluate damage and clear tracks.

Nadia Galindo

Jul 10, 2023, 11:12 AM

Updated 321 days ago


The severe storm stranded hundreds of people coming up to the Hudson Valley from New York City on the Metro-North Hudson Line.
A group of people from the United Kingdom working at a summer camp in Poughkeepsie said they spent the weekend in Manhattan because their train back was canceled Sunday night. They say they ended up sleeping on the floor of Grand Central. Other people going north to south also had their plans ruined.
Rich Yaworski, who lives in Newburgh, missed his flight at LaGuardia Airport.
"The weather canceled all the trains, and I should have been on the train this morning, but that got canceled so I got an afternoon flight," he said. Severe weather caused the Hudson Line to be suspended between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie Sunday night.
The torrential rain flooded the tracks, which were littered with downed trees, debris and boulders in some parts, says Metro North President Catherine Rinaldi.
"It's a tremendous impact, you really can't predict a storm of this kind of magnitude. Nobody really expected to have this much rain all centered in this area," says Rinaldi. Relief for stranded commuters arrived around noon - the first of 20 buses provided limited service between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie stations, making stops at Cortlandt and Beacon along the way. The last time a storm caused this much damage to the Hudson Line was during Ida in 2021. It caused damage to tracks between Yonkers and Tarrytown and took crews weeks to fully restore service.
MTA Metro-North announced a partial restoration of train service on the Hudson Line beginning Tuesday morning. Hudson Line trains will operate between Grand Central Terminal and Peekskill at least once per hour.
Metro-North will continue to provide limited bus service for essential travelers between Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie, with buses departing Croton-Harmon on a load-and-go basis. Buses will make stops at Croton-Harmon, Beacon and Poughkeepsie. There is no substitute service provided at Manitou, Garrison, Cold Spring and New Hamburg.

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