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Computer glitch shuts down Metro-North lines

NEW YORK – Metro-North trains on all five lines on the east and west sides of the Hudson River came to a grinding halt at 7:45 p.m. Thursday when a computer glitch occurred as power to the computer system that controls train movements was interrupted. Service was restored two hours later.

Metro-North said there was third rail power so the trains had heat and light.  Electricians began to troubleshoot and to establish temporary power, which was restored at about 9:30 p.m.

All service on the Hudson Harlem and New Haven lines on the east side of the Hudson and on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines on the west side were impacted by the glitch.   Amtrak was also affected.

Rail traffic controllers instructed all train engineers, via radio, to bring their trains to a stop at the first, nearest station. Customers were able to get off the train if they so wanted.

If an interlocking was before a station, the train was stopped before entering the interlocking. Signal maintainers were dispatched to those interlockings to take local control so the trains could proceed to the nearest station platform.