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8/29/2011


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Railroads on East Coast continue to deal with Hurricane Irene's wrath



MTA Metro-North Railroad and New Jersey Transit won’t operate regular rail service today as a result of infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Irene during the weekend.

Metro-North sustained “significant damage to many portions” of its system, and therefore postponed regular service today on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines, agency officials said in a prepared statement. NJ Transit’s Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines also are closed today, although light-rail service will be available on a modified schedule, agency officials said.

However, several other transit agencies along the East Coast have resumed service today, including Hampton Roads Transit, the Maryland Transit Administration, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson, Virginia Railway Express and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Meanwhile, CSX Transportation employees are assessing the hurricane’s impact while removing trees from tracks and deploying generators to areas where electrical service was knocked out, CSXT officials said in a prepared statement. Despite flooding in some locations along the network, service to customers was beginning to resume yesterday as conditions allowed, they said.

The Class I “continues to coordinate with passenger and commuter agencies to determine safe resumption of those services,” CSXT officials said. On Friday, CSX Corp. also announced it would donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help fund hurricane relief efforts.

Norfolk Southern Railway continues to restore operations, as well. The storm impacted operations from the Carloinas northward, spreading debris and causing power outages and flooding, NS officials said in service update posted on the Class I’s website.

Mainline operations in the Carolinas and Virginia are clear, but some areas remain without power. Branch lines are generally clear and awaiting final inspection, and should open later today, NS officials said.

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