STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Harlem collapse affected a lot of folks here in Connecticut when it brought Metro North trains to a standstill for hours, leaving commuters wondering how they’d get back home.
It’s been a long and frustrating day for some Metro-North commuters after a fatal explosion in East Harlem knocked out rail service from Manhattan to Connecticut.
“It was super crowded in Grand Central and then I asked someone who worked for Metro-North and she said that they tested the tracks and it was safe to come back to Connecticut,” said Kelly Engilsh.
Train service resumed on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines before the end of the work day. The lines were restored when the tracks were cleared of debris, inspected and approved by officials.
Those who ride the rail say it was a hectic commute.
“They would announce a track for the train and everyone would flood to that track. So it was a little frantic,” said Andrew Aoyama.
“It was crazy. People everywhere just twisted for the trains. Long lines,” said Bethany Anderson.
Others say the commute was not that bad.
“I’ve see crazier for sure. So it wasn’t that bad,” said Tom Henry.
“Tonight it wasn’t bad. There was seating room,” said Helen Makris.
Those who have been riding Metro-North for years say delays and crowds come with riding the rail.
“It’s typical of them unless they surprise us and they are on time which is not quite often, but this is typical for us. We are used to delays and not being on time. So we just deal with it,” said Vincent Piscitelli.