Rough commute expected after fire limits train service

(WTNH/Report-It /David Kohalmi)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– If you’re taking Metro-North into New York City, it’s going to be one of “those” morning commutes. It’s running with limited service in and out of Grand Central Terminal.

This is not the news people want to hear. If you planned on coming to Union Station, getting on a Metro-North train and heading into New York City, it may not be that easy because of what’s going on down in Harlem.

For commuters, here’s the deal — Metro-North is running on Saturday schedule. That means fewer trains. And this morning, it’s running into and out of Grand Central Terminal on two tracks.

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All of this after a fire Tuesday night underneath the Metro-North tracks in east Harlem. That fire was at a garden nursery center. The fire also involved several trailers and construction debris, creating quite the mess. Thousands of commuters heading home were essentially stranded.

The concern — what the fire did to the tracks above, which is why serve was halted. Structural engineers are now assessing the damage to the rails.

News 8 spoke to passenger who’s been using Metro-North for the past 15 years to go into Grand Central. She got to the station earlier than usual to take an earlier train to get to work. She advises others to do the same.

“Wake up early and get going that’s my advice because it’s going to become incredibly congested because people who take their normal train can’t catch their normal train. It’s going to be very crowded and ridiculous,” said the passenger.

So again, Metro-North running on a Saturday schedule with limited service. As soon as there are any updates with when rail service is set to resume as normal, we will let you know.

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