NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Metro-North Rail Road will continue to provide shuttle buses and direct Hudson Line commuters to subway trains Tuesday, following the derailment in the Bronx that left four people dead.
As was the case Monday, the railroad will shuttle commuters between Yonkers and the Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street No. 1 line subway terminal. Hudson Line service will operate only between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials advised for a second day that travelers should telecommute or carpool if possible. Passengers are also advised to take the Harlem or New Haven Line if possible, and Hudson Line tickets will be cross-honored on the two lines.
NJ TRANSIT will also cross-honor Hudson Line tickets on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.
Crowded conditions should be expected, the agency said.
In conjunction with Westchester and Putnam counties, special parking also has been set up to accommodate additional drivers at the Southeast Station and at the Kenisco Dam close to the Valhalla station.
“This is an extremely challenging time for all of us,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and chief executive officer Thomas F. Prendergast said in a news release. “We want to thank Governor (Andrew) Cuomo for his leadership during this crisis and the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department for their quick response and expert assistance in dealing with this tragic incident.”
On an average weekday, about 26,000 commuters ride the Hudson Line. On Monday morning, they said their commute was longer, but had no complaints.
“It wasn’t too bad, but I’m just running late for work,” one rider told CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell.