Metro-North derailment repairs could take days before service resumes

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MTA officials say derailment repairs will take a few days. No timetable is set for service to resume. (PIX 11)

NEW YORK (PIX 11) — MTA officials say that crews working to repair the Spuyten Duyvil tracks will likely be working for days.

Metro-North crews are working to rebuild 800 feet of track that was damaged by Sunday’s derailment.

According to a statement by the MTA, about 900 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from the locomotive before it was removed and workers could begin the clean up process.

It’s estimated that around 26,000 people use the Hudson Line on an average weekday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement giving praise to passengers impacted by the derailment.

“In the aftermath of Sunday’s tragic crash, New York’s commuters have shown incredible patience,” he said.

The MTA will cross-honor all tickets, and shuttle bus service will continue between Yonkers and the Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street subway station. Commuters should also expect delays on the Amtrak Empire Line. Riders are encouraged ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.

Limited Hudson Line service remains in effect between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers.

Customers traveling during peak periods should expect crowded conditions and extended travel times.

Crews are working day and night to completely rebuild the middle track by adding new ties and a running rail in addition to laying down new rock.

When the work is completed, the MTA will have test trains before service is resumed.

At this time there is no clear estimate for when full service will be restored.

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