Westchester Commuters Find Alternate Routes After Metro-North Train Wreck

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Commuters who normally use the Metro-North Hudson Line from the Rivertowns into New York city boarded buses to the subway Monday. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
The normally busy Metro-North station in Hastings was deserted Monday morning as service was shut down between Yonkers and the Bronx. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester commuters used shuttle buses, cabs and subway systems Monday morning after Sunday morning's train derailment along the Metro-North Hudson Line halted service from Yonkers through Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

According to a report from Metro-North, service from Yonkers into the Bronx will be suspended until an ongoing investigation and repair of the tracks where the accident occurred at 7:20 a.m. Sunday are completed.

Robert Rivera took the Hudson Line from his home in Croton-in-Hudson to Yonkers, where he boarded a bus to catch the No. 1 subway train into Manhattan.

"I just needed to get going earlier to get the train to lower Manhattan where I work," Rivera said. "I'll take the bus then ride the subway until they get back up. I'm just sorry for the people killed and hurt. Being inconvenienced a little isn't a problem."

Sean O'Reilly, co-owner of Rivertowns Taxi in Hastings-on-Hudson, said his cabs were busy with airport trips Monday morning, but the service has a few calls asking for rides to other train stations.

"We have people wanting to go to Scarsdale train station to catch (the Harlem Line)," O'Reilly said. "We're pretty busy but we can accommodate some people who need to connect."

Customers at stations between Irvington and Yankees-East153rd Street were urged to use the Harlem Line, New York City Transit Subway and/or bus service. Hudson Line tickets will be cross-honored for these services, Metro-North said.

The Harlem and New Haven Lines were operating on regular schedules Sunday for riders in Westchester and Fairfield counties, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Brian Sedgwick took a bus from Hastings to the 242nd Street subway station in the Bronx. He was among several village residents who seemed to take the post-holiday commuter problems in stride.

"We've had to deal with these things before," said Sedgwick, who lives in Tarrytown. "I got a ride here from a friend and will catch the subway into the city."

A conductor on the Hudson Line going north from Yonkers to Croton said the service would be taking passengers into Yonkers where they could find shuttles and other transportation.

Yonkers resident Renya Martinez said she would get a ride from a friend to the nearby Bronxville station where she would take a Harlem Line train.

"I can catch the train in Bronxville and make it to work fine," said Reyna, who normally takes the Hudson Line from Yonkers. "It was such a sad way to end the holiday for those who were on that train. I feel for the families."

The latest MTA service info can be found here.

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gina rose:

i had a very smooth commute this morning from Croton Harmon to Yonkers to #1 subway station. Time wise it was perhaps 1/2 longer. No complaints...just lucky to be going to work considering what happened to those poor people yesterday. As for the Mt. Kisco incident, that is absolutely unacceptable. Times like this, the conductor's information should be taken and reported to Metro North. I regularly travel to and from other stations on different lines and never has my Croton Harmon pass been denied.

MichyMich:

The conductor on the train out of Mt Kisco tried to charge everyone from Croton an extra $3. Enough people balked that she did not pursue it.

Skinnyhead:

Tickets are always cross-honored from train line to train line.

MisterBill2:

Well, they make it seem like they're doing something special in cases like this. I think what they do allow is maybe boarding at a higher zone than normal (for example, Mt Kisco is a more expensive zone than Croton, where my son would usually get the train).