Metro-North to Improve Hudson Line Service Through Dobbs Ferry

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that crews have completed permanent repairs of a 110-year-old culvert in Dobbs Ferry and the track structure on it that was washed out by heavy rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Ida. The completion of the emergency culvert replacement enables Metro-North to cut Hudson Line travel times through the area by up to five minutes on March 27 in conjunction with the new timetables that increase Metro-North service systemwide to 89% of pre-pandemic levels.

MTA Construction & Development actively managed the team of contractors and consultants who replaced the 110-year-old culvert in its entirety, where Wickers Creek drains into the Hudson, which serves as an emergency overflow drain during times of extraordinarily high rainwater events. All the work was undertaken while trains continued to travel over the culvert under slow speed restrictions. Following the completion of this work in early March, Metro-North Railroad’s track crews installed rails, ties and ballast which was followed by surfacing the entire track area. They installed and tested the third rail and ensured all signal systems and Positive Train Control (PTC) were working flawlessly.

The announcement brings an end to delays that began Sept. 1, 2021, when Tropical Storm Ida unleashed torrential downpours on the region. Metro-North implemented a new schedule on the Hudson Line on Sept. 20 to accommodate the culvert repair work and reduced line capacity.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: March 24, 2022