Metro-North tracks under 10 feet of mud after Ida, subways creeping back

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Friday, September 3, 2021
Some Metro-North tracks covered by feet of mud
Mass transit is struggling to return to normal in Ida's wake, particularly on Metro-North, where some tracks were covered by feet of mud.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mass transit is struggling to return to normal in the wake of Ida's historic flooding, particularly on Metro-North, where some tracks were covered by feet of mud.

Hudson Line service remains suspended, and it is unknown when service will resume, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.

"Restoring service on the Hudson line, which is disrupted right now, and if you had a chance to see what I saw, you'd understand why," she said. "There's 10 feet of mud covering the tracks, so we have work to do."

Crews continue to work expeditiously to clear mudslides and track washout conditions. The Harlem and New Haven lines are operating on an enhanced weekend schedule Friday.

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The MTA is working to restore full subway service after Ida ground the system to a halt.

Subways are struggling to return, with 4, 6, E, F, and N lines partially suspended and delays on the 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, A, D, M, G, J, L, Q and R lines due to residual damage.

"We've managed to restore a ton of service today, but our tracks in Queens suffered the most damage," NYC Transit said on Twitter.

Riders are advised to check for the latest information before traveling.

New York City has reopened all its major highways after clearing disabled vehicles from flooded roadways, but some highway closures remain in Westchester County.

LIRR is running normal weekday service on all branches, with five extra afternoon trains from Penn Station for travelers getting an early start on the holiday weekend.

New Jersey Transit remains suspended on the Raritan Valley and Pascack Valley lines, while all other rail, bus and light rail service has resumed on regular weekday schedule.

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NJ Transit bus service is operating a regular weekday schedule with delays and detours due to flooding and road closures.

Newark Light Rail is also operating on a regular weekday schedule.

Amtrak Northeast Corridor service resumed Friday.

Staten Island Railroad also has regular service.


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