NEW YORK Commuter trains in and out of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, disrupted by a fire earlier this week, operated on an enhanced weekend schedule on Thursday after the third of four tracks was brought back into service, officials said.
Metro-North Railroad will use additional service trains during peak travel periods to give it enough capacity to serve about 75 percent of its typical ridership, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates Metro North.
Customers should continue to expect delays and crowds, and are encouraged to work from home or make other travel plans, the MTA statement said.
Repairs to restore service on the remaining track are continuing, the statement said.
A massive four-alarm fire disrupted the evening rush hour on Tuesday. The New York City Fire Department ruled that the cause of the fire, involving elevated track at Park Avenue and 118th Street, was gasoline accidentally spilled on a hot generator at a garden supply store beneath the tracks.
While repairs are under way – possibly until Friday – trains serving tens of thousands of Metro North passengers from the city’s northern suburbs and Connecticut have been operating on a limited schedule.
Trains ran faster during the Thursday morning rush hour compared to the day before, but continued to be crowded.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Additional reporting by Mike Wood and Franklin Paul in New York)