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Limited Train Service To Return To Port Jervis Line Monday

Irene's damage along the Metro-North Railroad tracks is seen from Chopper 880 - Sloatsburg, NY - Aug 30, 2011 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Irene’s damage along the Metro-North Railroad tracks is seen from Chopper 880 – Sloatsburg, NY – Aug 30, 2011 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

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TUXEDO, NY (WCBS 880) - Since Hurricane Irene hit, service has been out on Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis Line.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

Now, trains are getting closer to rolling again.

SEE: More Photos of Irene’s Aftermath from Chopper 880

On Thursday, a front-end loader was out on the tracks filling a truck with gravel and fixing problems down the line.

Repairs on the Port Jervis Line - Tuxedo, NY - Sep 15, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Repairs on the Port Jervis Line - Tuxedo, NY - Sep 15, 2011 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

“We’ll have to repair eight bridges. We’ll have to repair fifty washouts,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut. “In my 30-plus-year career in public transportation, this is the worst damage I have ever seen.”

He says that, starting Monday, trains will run from Port Jervis.

“These trains will connect to Harriman with express bus service to train service at Ramsey Route 17, where NJ Transit trains will take people to Hoboken, Secaucus, and Penn Station,” he said.

There will be 17 trains a day between Port Jervis and Harriman.

He said it is still too early to tell when full train service will return to the line.

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