Rivertowns Commuters Adjust To Metro-North Changes

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Toni Gugliotta, a Yonkers realtor at ERA Insite Realty Services, reported that shuttle buses had filled Riverdale Avenue headed for the Yonkers train station Monday. Photo Credit: Toni Gugliotta

RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Metro-North commuters in Greenburgh and the Rivertowns continued to adjust schedules and routes to and from New York City on Tuesday and into Wednesday due to service interruption after Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx.

Many commuters are using Bee Line bus lines in lower Westchester to access the subways and other Metro-North lines like the Harlem Line while the investigation into the accident and repair of the tracks near Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx continues.

According to an update by the Metropolitan Transit Authority Tuesday afternoon, limited Hudson Line service from Poughkeepsie to Yonkers remains in effect and customers traveling during peak periods should expect crowded conditions and longer travel times.

"I'm getting up at least an hour earlier just in case," said Sylvia Marvin of Tarrytown as she waited to catch a train to Yonkers, then a bus to the subway at 242nd Street in the Bronx. "The Hudson Line is so convenient because it goes direct into Grand Central for me. I hope they get the work done and it's safe."

Commuters in the Ardsley and Greenburgh communities were notified by Ardsley Village Manager George Calvi of several alternatives in how to get to work. The Bee Line No. 66 66 bus on Ashford Avenue to the Scarsdale's Harlem Line station, the Bee Line No. 39 bus on Heatherdell Road to Hartsdale's Harlem Line station and a park and ride facility at McDowell Park where commuters could connect to the Bee Line 39 bus to Hartsdale or carpooling to New York City.

"Last night (Monday) the county executive made available free parking for commuters at Kensico Dam where they can walk to the nearby Valhalla  Harlem Line station," Calvi's memo to villagers said. "The White Plains Harlem line station has a limited number of long term parking spaces in its garage, but there are far more parking spaces two blocks away in the garage occupied by the Galleria Shopping Mall where commuters may feed the meters."

Hastings-On-Hudson, Irvington and Dobbs Ferry commuters were advised to take buses to Yonkers and the Bronx or the train to Tarrytown where bus shuttle service is being provided between White Plains and Tarrytown for customers wishing to travel in and out of Grand Central Terminal.

Customers at stations between Irvington and Yankees E-153rd street are urged to use the Harlem Line, subway and/or bus service. Hudson Line tickets are being cross-honored for these services.

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