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NEW YORK (PIX11) – On the platform at the Metro-North Tarrytown station, the announcement played repeatedly. “There is no service between Tarrytown and Grand Central.”
Trains were running on the Hudson line but not south of Tarrytown, so riders were forced to take shuttle buses from Tarrytown to White Plains.
It made getting to and from the city tough. Marvin Benson told PIX11, “It’s affecting us because we have to take the buses but there was loss of life here, so we just have to deal with it.”
Jessica Martinez says she and her baby spent most of the day trying to get from Long Island to Poughkeepsie. “It took six hours. It normally takes about three,” she told PIX11 News.
But the MTA planned to end the shuttles from Tarrytown at 2 a.m. before going a different route for the morning rush. Beginning at 5 a.m., the MTA plans to provide a shuttle between the Yonkers Station and the Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street subway station on the No. 1 line until further notice. Two additional trains will be added each hour during peak travel times. The changes are inconvenient but riders say they understand. Charlamaine Allegra told PIX11, “I’m just happy I wasn’t on that train and feel so sorry for them.”
In the meantime the MTA says expect crowded trains and rail personnel on hand to help passengers with transfers.
Officials urge customers at stations between Riverdale and Yankees-E. 153rd Street to use subway or bus service.
For complete and updated travel information, visit MTA.info.