N.E. Corridor Rail Service Resumes


WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Rail service on the busy northeast corridor line between Washington and Boston resumed Wednesday, four days after Hurricane Irene hit the region.

Trains were halted after the storm by flooding that covered the tracks in Trenton, N.J. The station is built over a tributary to the Delaware River and the creek is next to the tracks.

The flooding in Trenton also brought New Jersey Transit commuter service to New York to a halt, while commuter trains from Philadelphia terminated Tuesday in Levittown, Pa.

Amtrak said rail service between Richmond and Newport News, Va., remained suspended late Tuesday, although full service was set to resume on trains to Florida and New Orleans. Trains will not be running in Vermont, the state hardest hit by the storm, on the line between Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and the lines to Chicago via Buffalo and West Virginia.

Most mass transit in the northeast was halted before the storm, including an unprecedented shutdown of the New York City subway system.

Most commuter trains into and out of New York City were back in business, The Wall Street Journal reported. Trains to resorts on the East End of Long Island were expected to be running in time for the Labor Day weekend.

A few other outlying lines in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley were still having problems.

The Metro North line Suffern and Port Jervis in New York, which runs along river valleys in Orange County, was heavily damaged by washouts. Marjorie Anders, a Metro North spokeswoman, said repairs will take months with an “astronomical” price tag. The 2,300 commuters who use the service every day are currently being bussed to the New Jersey Transit terminus in Suffern.

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