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Metro North Will Keep Rolling In Event Of Transit Strike

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Metro North expects to keep rolling right along if there is a transit strike in the city. But that could be a headache for those who are used to taking the commuter train from the Bronx into Manhattan.

“I barely get a seat now,” said a commuter. “It's going to be insane. And one of the things I like about Metro North is that it’s not quite as packed as the subway.”

Metro North is trying to avoid that by changing service if there is a city transit strike. Trains from Westchester will bypass the Bronx entirely, and Metro North will start running shuttle trains from Bronx stations to Grand Central terminal along the Harlem and Hudson lines.

There is also a plan to set up a temporary station on the west side of Yankee Stadium, where there are metro north tracks near the Harlem River.

Shuttle fares will be $$3 and tickets must be bought at the stations before boarding. Still, regular Bronx Metro North riders fear overcrowding.

“If everybody starts taking Metro North, the schedule is going to change because it will take longer to get on at each stop,” said a commuter.

The private express bus service to Manhattan is another alternative for some Bronx residents. New York Bus Service and Liberty Lines will be running on their regular schedules. The bus fare is $$3.

But, in most cases, the express buses only run from northern Bronx neighborhoods straight to Manhattan.

If you plan to drive, you have to have at least four people in the car on the Bruckner Expressway from the Bruckner Interchange to the Triborough Bridge; the same goes for the Henry Hudson from the Mosholu Parkway to 72nd Street.

The city is calling for carpooling, even if it's with strangers. Park and ride locations will be created. In the Bronx they are at Ferry Point Park near the Whitestone Bridge, Van Cortlandt Park South at Baily Avenue, Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park and Yankee Stadium.

But some New Yorkers don’t like the idea of picking up strangers.

“I don't think so,” said a New Yorker. “It would be very dangerous.”

“I don't trust people out there, I don’t know what could happen,” said another. “I refuse.”

--Dean Meminger
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