The MTA says there is no timeline set for restoring Metro-North service between the northwest Bronx and Yonkers following Thursday night's derailment near the Marble Hill station, and many commuters relied on the Bronx's buses and 1 subway line for the Friday morning rush. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority crews were still working Friday to remove a cargo train that derailed on the Hudson line near 225th Street in the Bronx the night before.
Ten out of 24 cars of a train hauling garbage jumped the track just north of the Marble Hill stop, on their way to the Spuyten Duyvil station. No one was injured.
"I hesitate to even think about what happened, but it was a super, super hot day, so we'll be looking at the heat as a factor because everything expands, including metal, in extreme heat," MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told NY1 early Friday.
With the Hudson Line suspended between the city and Poughkeepsie for the morning rush, MTA officials brought in shuttle buses to ferry commuters from points north of the city and around the Bronx to the 242nd Street station by Van Cortlandt Park.
The 1 train from Kingsbridge was the best option for traveling further south into the city and no fares were taken.
Some commuters were annoyed at the detour but others took it in stride.
"I woke up late this morning, first of all. I ran to get the Metro-North to find out what happened. I don't really know what happened, but it's Friday. Good start to a great weekend, I guess," a transit user said.
"All the money we pay for Metro-North, this is unacceptable. And I'm going to be late for work," said a second.
"The train's going to be forever, but whatever," said a third.
This is just the latest incident to impact the commuter rails. In May, dozens of people were injured and five were in critical condition when two Metro-North trains collided near Fairfield, Conn.
Long Island Rail Road derailments in March and June also caused headaches for local commuters.
Metro-North's Hudson Line usually carries 25,000 people on a typical Friday, though ridership on this particular Friday was significantly lower. Those who had to make this rush hour trip praised MTA staff for being effective in directing people.
By Friday afternoon there was only limited train service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers, and shuttle buses were ferrying people from Yonkers to the 242nd Street subway station. The MTA was cross-honoring tickets from the Hudson Line.
For updates on the repairs, visit mta.info.