This is what rail service looks like in New York after the devastating Ida floods
Two days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused torrential flooding and fatal downpours in New York City, much of the area’s transit system was back on line by Friday night.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority carried out round-the-clock repairs to get the nation’s largest subway system back up and running after the storm damaged tracks and turned platforms and stairwells into water slides.
A majority of metro lines were put back into service on Friday with few delays and partial suspensions. (Check out the latest service updates here.)
“We managed to restore a ton of service today, but our runways in Queens suffered the most damage,” the MTA said. said on twitter Thursday night urging those traveling to Queens to consider taking the Long Island Railroad instead. The Long Island Railroad will provide free rides between several stations in Queens for those who show drivers their MetroCards or their OMNY app.
Amtrak said it would be resume service along the northeast corridor between Washington and Boston on Friday, but he said trains between Albany and New York would remain canceled.
New Jersey Transit said all train lines except Pascack Valley and Raritan Valley will resume operations as usual. The Newark Light Rail also reopened Friday night after a small abyss which opened in the tracks of the storm has been repaired.
The Long Island Rail Road resumed full service on Friday and will resume its regular weekend schedule on Saturday.
On the Metro-North Railroad, rail service resumed Friday for the New Haven Line and the Harlem Line after workers cleared more than 10 inches of water and debris from several stations. Both lines will offer improved service on weekends as the Hudson line, which suffered the most damage, remained suspended.
“Our crews have made extraordinary progress over the past 24 hours under extremely difficult conditions,” said Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North, Thursday evening. “I cannot thank our crew enough for the heroic work they have done and will continue to do.”
On Twitter, the MTA praised the “hero bus operators” for keeping the city moving during the flooding Wednesday night and the days that followed.
“As we head into Labor Day weekend, we are grateful to the tens of thousands of essential workers across the three states who have worked tirelessly to replenish the region,” the MTA said. said on twitter Friday.
On Friday morning, flights from La Guardia Airport, Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport appeared largely to be on time with minimal delays.
Responding to questions at a press conference on Friday about how the MTA could strengthen its system against future storms, Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the state to act quickly to implement congestion pricing . Mr de Blasio also pointed to federal stimulus funds included in President Biden’s infrastructure bill, part of which the city would use to bolster its public transportation.
“We need large-scale resources to repair the MTA,” said de Blasio. “Congestion pricing will give us the regular revenue we need to constantly make improvements. “