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Metro-North Resumes Full Service on New Haven, Hudson 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.

New Jersey Transit, which serves 285,000 riders daily, said it would restore most service tomorrow, without giving a time. On the Northeast Corridor line, trains will operate only between New Brunswick and New York because of flooding in Trenton, the agency said in an e-mailed statement. Bus service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

New York’s MTA, the biggest U.S. transit agency, said it was operating on a Sunday schedule for its 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.”

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.

Upstate New York

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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that while damage may have been less than feared in some parts downstate, the opposite was true farther north. He cited the Catskills and the mid-Hudson, where he said rainfall set records.

“The amount of damage is devastating in some areas,” Cuomo said in a briefing this afternoon at the state Capitol. “I believe you’re going to see more damage before it starts to get better.”

He said the Schoharie Creek, which flows from the Catskills, is cresting into the Mohawk River. In April 1987, 10 people were killed when a Thruway bridge over the Schoharie near Fort Hunter collapsed because of erosion at the foundation after record rainfall.

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.

Martin Z. Braun in New York at

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