Metro-North, LIRR and NJ Transit Still Limited as New Yorkers Head Back to Work

By Ben Fractenberg on August 30, 2011 8:39am 

Commuters board the subway in Brooklyn for the Monday morning commute to Manhattan after Hurricane Irene.
Commuters board the subway in Brooklyn for the Monday morning commute to Manhattan after Hurricane Irene.
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MANHATTAN — The moved commute moved closer to normal operations Tuesday for most straphangers three days after Hurricane Irene, but several commuter rail lines continued to report service disruptions.

On Long Island Railroad, the Long Beach, Montauk and Oyster Bay lines were still shut down while transit workers continued to assess damage from hurricane Irene and make repairs, according to the MTA's website.

The Ronkonkoma line was still suspended between Ronkonkoma and Greenport due to flood damage. The Port Jefferson line remained suspended east of Huntington through Port Jefferson.

On Metro-North, the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven main line all resumed normal weekday schedule as the agency has restored service to 85 percent of its peak-time customers, according to a statement from the MTA. However, the Port Jervis, New Canaan, Danbury, Waterbury and Pascack Valley lines were still without not running Tuesday. The Port Jervis line is expected to take months to repair after heavy flood damage.

New Jersey Transit restored most train service Tuesday, but 30-minute delays are expected on the New Jersey Coast and Raritan Lines. Bus and light rail will operate on a on a regular weekday schedule.

The subways were also running on a normal schedule after resuming service gradually Monday morning.

Amtrak Acela and regional service was still suspended between Philadelphia and New York, while service between New York and Boston was restored.

Bridges and tunnels are also all open with no expected delays. SIR and paratransit are also running on a normal schedule.

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