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Alternate travel announced for Hudson Line commuters

CARMEL – Metro-North Hudson Division train service is suspended on the southern portion because of Sunday’s fatal train derailment in the Bronx.

That will impact commuters from Poughkeepsie southbound for some time to come. The area near the derailment will be shut down for one week to 10 days while the NTSB investigates. The site will then be turned back over to the MTA for reconstruction before service can be restored.

In the meantime, for travelers on the west side of Putnam County, special bus service has been instituted, said the county’s transportation task force chairman, Vincent Tamagna.

“It is our plan to shuttle whoever needs, free of charge, from the Cold Spring and Garrison train station to the Southeast train station in Putnam County,” Tamagna said. “It is an all-bus shuttle that will go from eastern Putnam to western Putnam from the Hudson Line to the Harlem Line, and we will also have evening shuttles from the Southeast train station going back over to Cold Spring and to Garrison.”

In other service, buses are being provided between White Plains and Tarrytown station for customers wishing to travel in and out of Grand Central. Customers were recommended to make alternative travel plans. Customers at stations between Irvington and Yankees- E. 153rd Street station are urged t o use the Harlem Line, New York City Transit Subway and/or bus service. Hudson Line tickets will be cross honored for those services.

NJ Transit will cross-honor Hudson Line commutation tickets on Port Jervis Line trains on Monday. This will allow Orange County residents who normally use the Hudson Line to take Port Jervis Line trains to Hoboken or Penn Station.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino announced that commuters may park for free at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, which is walking distance to the Valhalla train station.