Business as Usual for Metro-North's Other Train Lines

by Stephanie Colombini
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Fordham Road Metro-North station

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While the Hudson Line is suspended after a disastrous train derailment, the Harlem and New Haven Lines are running smoothly.

Today saw tragedy strike in the Bronx, when a Metro-North commuter train derailed on the Hudson Line, killing four passengers and injuring another 63.  But it's business as usual on the railroad's other lines.

Standing on the platform at the Fordham Road Metro-North station, you wouldn't think a major train disaster occured just a few miles away.  Sunday's usual light crowd of passengers waited for trains on the Harlem and New Haven Lines to travel between New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut. 

Some were oblivious to the derailment.  Fordham University student Maria Buck found out from a concerned family member.

"It makes you, a little nervous; because my mom called me, and she was like, 'Are you taking the train to the city this morning?' And I was like, 'Yeah;' and she was like, 'Don't do it!'"

Buck decided not to take her mother's advice.  She says she could have taken the subway, but did not want to face a long walk.  Natasha Simon from the Bronx was going northbound, and says she did not have another option.

"I was a little bit nervous but, I mean, this is how I get to work everyday, so..."

The Harlem and New Haven lines will continue to run according to schedule while the Hudson line remains suspended.

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