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Metro-North Resumes Full Service on 2 Lines

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority resumed full rail service on its New Haven and Hudson lines, and was running Harlem trains as far north as White Plains as it recovers from Hurricane Irene.

The biggest U.S. transit agency said it was operating on a Sunday schedule for those routes, according to an e-mailed statement. The upper Harlem, New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury lines remained suspended, as do the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines, the MTA said.

“Metro-North crews continue to work around-the clock, assess conditions, clear the tracks and repair the infrastructure,” the MTA said.

The Harlem line, which connects Grand Central to the Westchester towns of Scarsdale and Chappaqua, suffered damage to transmission poles and flooded substations, said Marjorie Anders, an MTA spokeswoman. Parking lots adjacent to stations are inundated, while local streams and the Bronx River continue to overflow their banks.

“We are still shoveling out,” she said in an interview. “We have parking lots suitable for boating.”

Rail service on New Jersey Transit, which serves 285,000 riders daily, remained shut “until further notice” except for the Atlantic City line that runs to Philadelphia, according to its website. Buses and light rail were operating on a modified schedule. PATH trains operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were running under the Hudson River between Manhattan and northern New Jersey.

Commuter Reaction

Mark Wuest, 54, a director with Barclays Plc’s credit- restructuring advisory group, said he was more upset about a lack of information from Metro-North than the interruption in service.

Wuest, who lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and takes a 6:56 a.m. train to his office in Manhattan, didn’t receive an e- mail alert from the railroad about service suspension until 6:12 a.m. today, he said.

“That’s kind of ridiculous,” Wuest said in an interview. “A lot of people try to catch a train before I catch it.”

On the MTA’s Long Island Railroad, six of 11 lines have been fully or partially restored, Anders said. Disruptions remain on the Rockaway, Long Beach, Montauk and the Ronkonkoma- to-Greenport lines, she said.

New York subways reopened this morning after the first shutdown since a strike in 2005, and buses started returning at 4 p.m. yesterday, making “slight detours” today, said Judy Glave, a spokeswoman for the MTA, in a phone interview.

‘The Foresight’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took the Lexington Avenue subway to City Hall from his home on the Upper East Side, lauded the MTA for getting the subways and buses running for the work week.

“Had they not moved all of that equipment they wouldn’t have been able to get it back this morning, and fortunately they had the foresight to do it,” Bloomberg said at a news conference on Staten Island. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

Metro-North brings 286,000 commuters on an average weekday to New York from the city’s northern suburbs and Connecticut. The MTA cleared a 10-foot-deep mudslide that covered two tracks at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx only to have the mud come down again, Anders said.

The transit agency is concentrating its Metro-North cleanup efforts in the suburbs closest to New York City and has begun testing the rails to make sure they’re safe, Anders said.

Amtrak Trains

Amtrak trains between Washington and Boston weren’t running because of “extensive flooding, debris on tracks and power issues,” the carrier said on its website.

The storm left roads flooded across the region by midday today, according to Shadow Traffic in Rutherford, New Jersey.

In northern New Jersey, Route 287 is closed northbound in Parsippany, where the Rockaway River overflowed its banks, washing away the right-hand lane. Route 17 is closed in the Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge areas. Main arteries in New Jersey including the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are open, as are all crossings to New York City.

North of the city, the Saw Mill River Parkway is closed between Manville Road and the Cross County Parkway in both directions, and the Bronx River Parkway is shut from the New York City line to Kensico Circle.

The Taconic State Parkway is closed both ways from the Kensico Circle to the Sprain Brook Parkway, as is the New York State Thruway in Rockland County between Exits 7 and 15 from Newburgh to Suffern, Shadow Traffic reported.

In Connecticut, all major roads are open, and there don’t appear to be any major closures on Long Island highways, although local roads along the Atlantic coast may be flooded, Shadow Traffic said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Peter S. Green in New York at psgreen@bloomberg.net

Martin Z. Braun in New York at Mbraun6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net.

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