After Tropical Storm Irene ripped the line apart back in August, the tracks finally go from from twisted ruin to fully in service.
Irene destroyed 14 miles of track, and the head of Metro-North said he had never seen anything like it. The shutdown forced 2,300 riders onto buses or across the Hudson River to ride the Hudson line to Grand Central Terminal.
Now, the line is running again ahead of schedule, and at a cost of $30 million, not the $60 million first predicted. There were doubts the line would ever return, but Metro-North promises full service: 26 daily trains and 14 trains Saturday and Sunday.
Some repair work is still being done, so inbound trips to Manhattan will take three minutes longer. The outbound ride to Port Jervis will run seven minutes longer.