Metro-North continues to make repairs from the storm that clobbered our region. Work will be done this weekend on the Port Jervis Lines from damage sustained not from Sandy, but Irene. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
HARRIMAN, N.Y. -- Another service disruption for Port Jervis line riders as Metro-North continues clean up from Tropical Storm Irene's destruction more than a year after she hit.
This weekend, service will run only to the Harriman Station and then buses will take folks to Ramsey, New Jersey. Metro North needs to install a concrete pipe underneath tracks.
"They’ve got a lot of repairs to do," said commuter Hiram Davidovitch.
"It has to be done," said commuter Wayne Sheldon.
Leprechaun Lines will be handling the bus shuttles while that happens and drivers did a quick dry run of the route Friday afternoon.
"Hopefully everything runs smoothly and our number one goal is to get the passengers to and from safe," said Leprechaun Lines Director of Operations Shawn Leo.
The bus company is expected to be very busy. This construction comes in the middle of the holiday shopping season. A lot of people from New Jersey and New York City will take the Port Jervis line to get up to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.
"You’re looking at one of the busier weekends prior to Christmas. We do understand next week, but we’re looking at the bigger rush this week," said Leo.
The company has extras buses if needed and staff on standby.
Metro-North will be working through Sunday on the Irene fix and says it is a big job. Workers will have to excavate the track and put the concrete pipe in piece by piece. Metro-North says this is the last bit construction planned as a result of Irene.
Service for riders bound for Hoboken resumes Monday morning.
Metro-North, in the meanwhile, is still waiting reimbursements to pay for line repairs. Damages totaled $26 million. FEMA approved $12 million for Irene. So far, Metro-North received $5 from the federal agency. Insurance will cover the rest, but Metro-North says that amount has not been settled yet.