NYers glad trains are back but mindful of deaths

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: December 4, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters at a reopened Bronx railroad station were delighted Wednesday to have their trains back, but mindful they were just a few yards and a few days removed from the scene of a deadly high-speed derailment.

The Spuyten Duyvil station, on the bank of the Harlem River, reopened when a train rolled through at 5:24 a.m., officials said. It meant that the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson line was reconnected to Manhattan.

Just one track was in use, carrying local and express trains northbound and southbound, and delays reached about 20 minutes. Full service on the Hudson Line is to resume Thursday morning. But commuters seemed content.

"We don't get to complain," said Elite Rubin, 36, who does marketing for an accounting firm. "We weren't on that train where people died."

Rubin said her commuting time to Manhattan had ballooned to an hour and 45 minutes — instead of half an hour — on Monday and Tuesday. A Metro-North train had derailed Sunday morning while taking the curve that leads to the station, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

Matthew Adam, 37, a video producer, said he wouldn't complain about two days without service or the tardiness of Wednesday's 8:14 to Grand Central.

"There's no excuse for an accident like this," he said. "But I have to say getting the station open already is impressive."

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