Metro North Service Still Suspended for Today

The Metro North Transportation Authority assesses widespread damage, no service today.

Metro-North service remains suspended today while the Authority asseses the damage Sandy has done to the rail and subway lines. 

MTA chairman Joe Loda said this morning that by his estimate there are at least 100 trees down from 59th Street in Manhattan to Croton-Harmon along the Hudson Metro-North line. Crews would be walking the length to clear the path and there was no estimate when service would be restored. 

The most immediate problem for the transportation authority is the power outages throughout New York City and the surrouding counties, according to LoHud.com. LoHud reports: 

(MTA Spokesman Salvatore Arena) said service would be restored in stages: first buses, once the roads and bridges are clear; the last probably will be the Long Island Rail Road tunnels once the flood waters are pumped out and needed repairs are made. There was no estimate when any service would be back running “once we get a better sense of what the recovery will be.”

The Metro North announced this morning that it was having techinical difficulties with its phone systems, but by 9:40 a.m. those issues were resolved, according to an MTA alert.

The Tappan Zee bridge has been reopened in both directions around 9:30 a.m. this morning after a night closed and in the dark save for blinking red tower lights.

Officials from Westchester County and New York City warn residents to stay home and not venture out into hazardous conditions, avoid downed wires and trees. 

Terri Brooks October 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Does anyone know how to get updated storm info out of Scarsdale Village? Emergency ops phone VM is full and not taking calls. Village hall personnel not answering.
Lanning Taliaferro October 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Hi, Terri, the word across the region is that so many people are calling power and municipal phone lines for updates that it's making it hard for others to report problems. Instead, keep an eye on our site, we are posting updates about roads, power and local and regional operations. You can also watch our LiveBlog-- http://patch.com/A-zdxT -- we are posting all updates as they come in.
Lanning Taliaferro October 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Terri, on http://scarsdale.patch.com/ right now are articles about power outages and other storm-aftermath news in the village.
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