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It May Take Months To Get The NYC Commuter Trains Back To Normal

Kim Bhasin

There's going to be a long road ahead for many commuters that come into New York City by train, reports Janet Roberts at Reuters.

"Getting the system back to normal, where every train is operating as it was before the storm, I could easily see it being months," Conrad Ruppert, of the University of Illinois Rail Transportation and  Engineering  Center, tells Reuters

"Getting back to operating trains with limitations and restrictions, you're already seeing that now."

Rupport's a 35-year veteran of Amtrak. He oversaw restoration work in the Northeast Corridor.

What are crews dealing with in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?

The NJ Transit, the PATH and the Long Island Railroad all have extensive damage. Tree damage on the NJ Transit is some of the worst that workers have ever seen, and there are downed powerlines and switches damaged throughout the LIRR.

Then there's the floodwaters, which have caused water damage to signals, switches and power substations on the rail lines.

Fortunately, partial service has already been restored on most lines. The MTA recommends taking off-peak trains whenever possible to reduce crowding.

However, a return to normalcy is going to be a long time coming.

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