Metro-North to run on limited service until at least Friday following East Harlem train fire

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Limited service for Metro-North resumed Wednesday morning after a massive fire underneath the tracks in East Harlem halted trains.

As of 4 a.m., service in the two outer tracks for Metro-North are running, an MTA worker told PIX11 News. Service on the two inner tracks, where the bulk of the fire damage is, will remain suspended as crews work to repair them.

Service will be running into and out of Grand Central Terminal on a Saturday schedule until at least Friday morning, according MTA CEO Tom Prendergast.

Trains will also be traveling at a slower speed, from 60 mph to 30 mph.

Commuters should plan for extra travel time or consider working from home as they will face expect extremely crowded conditions and major delays, the MTA warned.

Fire broke out underneath the tracks at Park Avenue and East 118th Street around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and quickly expanded, reaching 4-alarms by 8 p.m.

The fire was quickly contained, but crews are now working to replace an entire support beam holding up the two center tracks, Prendergast said.

Metro-North service was completely suspended Tuesday night following the incident and resumed with limited schedule the following day.

Crews hope to be able to resume normal service by Friday's morning commute.

The MTA will be cross honoring Metro-North tickets at select Bronx stations:

  • Harlem Line: #2 Wakefield/241 St to connect to the Wakefield Metro-North Station
  • Hudson Line: #4, B, D 161st St – Yankee Stadium to connect to Yankee – 153rd St Metro-North Station, or the #1 225th St/Marble Hill to connect to the Marble Hill Metro-North Station
  • New Haven Line: #2 233rd St/White Plains Rd to connect to the Woodlawn Metro-North Station.

Check on the MTA website for updates on service.

PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.