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8/30/2011


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Railroads continue to restore service post-Hurricane Irene



Several railroads continue to restore service today after shutting down parts of their Hurricane Irene-damaged lines last weekend.

In prepared statements, officials at the following railroads and rail service providers provided updates to their service restoration and cleanup efforts:

Norfolk Southern Railway “continues to make good progress” in restoring service. Operations in North and South Carolina and Virginia generally have returned to normal. On the Delmarva Peninsula, high water and power outages remain in a few areas around Edgemoor, but trains have begun moving into the area. In the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, operations have been restored even though some track areas remain under repair. Work on washed-out track continues around Binghampton, N.Y., affecting shipments into New England. An embargo of some shipments remains in effect until repairs are completed later this week.

•  CSX Transportation’s freight operations “are moving steadily toward full recovery,” and commuter train service in the Washington, D.C., and Boston areas was restored yesterday. Power outages in several areas required the Class I to use generators to operate signals and grade crossing warning devices in several areas. Flooding in New York and New Jersey “remains a significant obstacle.” Export piers served by CSXT in Newport News, Va., are expected to resume operations today.

New Jersey Transit officials anticipate restoring most rail service today, with several lines subject to delays resulting from storm damage. An exception is the Port Jervis Line, which will remain suspended due to flooding and storm damage.

MTA Metro-North Railroad expects to resume regular weekday service for 85 percent of its morning peak riders today on the entire Hudson Line, New Haven Main Line and the Lower Harlem Line as far as North White Plains, N.Y. Service will remain suspended due to storm damage on the Upper Harlem Line, and New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines.

The Port of New York and New Jersey’s Port Authority Trans-Hudson system is back in service. Work resumed yesterday on the World Trade Center (WTC), including the new WTC Transportation Hub. Despite the storm, a new WTC memorial slated to open Sept. 11 remains on schedule.

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