PORT JERVIS – Full train service resumes today on the Port Jervis Metro-North Rail Line, one month earlier than anticipated and at a lower cost than was originally expected.
“It's a small way to say welcome back,” said Railroad President Howard Permut.
A substantial section of the line was washed away by flooding from last summer's storms.
While train service will resume, not all track repairs will be completed, but “given the tremendous progress made by Metro-North's employees and contractors, the original estimate for completion of all Port Jervis Line repairs has been moved forward from fall 2012 to June 2012,” railroad officials said.
The cost of repairs and substitute bus service was cut in half from the original estimated cost to $30 million to $40 million.
In an effort to recoup the passengers lost due to the railroad outage, Metro-North is offering commuters who buy a December monthly Port Jervis Line ticket will be able to ride free for the last three days in November.