Metro-North returning to normal

Metro-North is returning to a normal weekday schedule Friday, May 20, but warns commuters that crowded trains and delays are still possible.

The schedule can be found at

This is the first attempt at running a normal train schedule since fire under elevated tracks in East Harlem forced the railroad to shut down two of its four tracks into and out of Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North Wednesday predicted the return of normal service by Friday at the earliest.

Commuters reported crowded cars as trains ran on a weekend schedule Wednesday and Thursday, after suspending service during and immediately after the blaze Tuesday evening.

The fire, which MTA Spokesman Aaron Donovan specified was not actually on the tracks, but at a business under the tracks, was under tracks used by all three commuter lines. The fire destroyed a garden center as well as approximately 10 cars in the area. The four-alarm fire was hot enough to pop bolts out of steel and melted one traffic light according to news reports.

Updates are being posted at

Metro-North Railroad is second largest commuter railroad in the nation. Its main lines — the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven — run northward out of Grand Central Terminal, a Beaux-Arts Manhattan landmark, into suburban New York and Connecticut. Grand Central has been completely restored and redeveloped as a retail hub.

Metro-North is part of the MTA, whose subways, buses, and railroads provide 2.73 billion trips each year to New Yorkers – the equivalent of about one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation’s rail riders. MTA bridges and tunnels carry more than 285 million vehicles a year – more than any bridge and tunnel authority in the nation, according to the MTA website.