Back In Service! Most NY Rail Lines Resume Operation

While most of the city's 22 subway lines resumed service on a limited schedule on Monday, the region's commuter rail lines didn't fare as well due to fallen trees and flooded tracks affecting some branches of MetroNorth and LIRR.
August 29, 2011, 11am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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While Hurricane (now tropical storm) Irene wrecked havoc along the East Coast, the effect was not as bad as anticipated in New York City, where all transit service had been stopped on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the hurricane that hit later that day.

"Several subway train yards were flooded on Sunday afternoon, and workers were trying to pump out water so that trains could run on their proper routes. But there were minimal signs of damage to the overall system, officials said, and the underwater tunnels that were considered vulnerable to the storm were mostly untouched.

Many trains had been removed from low-lying yards in advance of the storm, which made it easier for workers to restore them to service for Monday."

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Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 in The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
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