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Metro-North Sets Up Free Parking to Help With NYC Commute

Metro-North Railroad
A conductor looks towards commuters boarding a Metro-North Railroad train at the Yonkers Terminal in Yonkers, New York, on Sept. 19, 2013. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Metro-North Railroad is offering 8,600 free park-and-ride spaces in Westchester County and the Bronx to help commuters traveling to Manhattan as its New Haven Line remains disrupted from a power failure.

“We’re getting back to some level of normalcy,” Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said today during a news briefing. He said the transit system carried over 50 percent of its normal ridership, with more than 1,000 passengers standing on trains.

Park-and-ride spaces were set up at Orchard Beach, Yankee Stadium, Rye Playland and Kensico Dam, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement. The MTA operated as many as 72 shuttle buses from the locations, starting at 5 a.m., to connect riders with other MTA services.

“If you have the option of working from home, this is a great time to use that,” said Malloy, a 58-year-old Democrat. “I’m not asking people to forgo their living.”

Full service may be restored by Oct. 8. Amtrak, which was also affected, said it will resume limited Acela service today.

Service on the line between Grand Central Station and New Haven, Connecticut, was disrupted on Sept. 25 by a downed power cable.

It’s at least the second major disruption on the line this year. On May 17, two trains collided near the Bridgeport-Fairfield border, injuring at least 75. As many as 30,000 Metro-North users had to find alternative commutes for five days.

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