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Commuter alert for Metro-North and LIRR riders

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LIRR derailment causes traffic nightmare for morning commutersCommuters on the Hudson Line were pleasantly surprised with their trip to Grand Central Terminal Monday morning.

“There might have been maybe a 5 or 6 minute delay. We had a bit of a stop at Spuyten Duyvel and just for 5 minutes or so and everything else was smooth,” ┬ásaid Westchester resident Jimmy Johnson.

A major freight derailment Thursday night meant trains running on the Hudson Line had to stop at Yonkers for Friday’s commute and through the weekend. People were forced to take buses to the 1 train if they wanted to get into New York City.

This Youtube shows one of the trash containers being picked up by a crane, put on a flat car and removed from the scene of the derailment.

http://youtu.be/eRjP3XpxtWQ

The MTA said it would only reopen one track near the accident but Metro North would be able to operate 40 inbound and 12 outbound trains during the morning peak rush hour. The MTA said there could be scattered delays up to 15 minutes.

“I took the train from Yonkers. The ride was perfect. There were no delays, a lot of buses on standby. Metro North did a great job,” said commuter Sharon Almodoval.

Over on Long Island, LIRR riders could have some headaches for the next few weeks. The Long Island Rail Road said several trains will be cancelled or rerouted during the morning and evening rush hours through August 16th. This is because of construction work supporting the East Side Access project that will connect LIRR trains to Grand Central Terminal.
For the latest on the changes and cancellations click here.