An explanation regarding recent Hudson Line service
The delays you have been experiencing on the Hudson Line this summer are primarily the result of infrastructure projects we are undertaking coupled with mechanical problems on our diesel locomotive fleet that operates on the Upper Hudson. Other delays resulted from downed trees and power lines in last week's thunderstorms, as well as the effect of continued hot and humid weather on our infrastructure and equipment.
Summer is the peak of our annual infrastructure program, and we have several important infrastructure projects underway on the Hudson Line, including new rail and tie installation and the continuation of our Superstorm Sandy infrastructure upgrade. We are required to take tracks out of service to perform this important work, which unfortunately reduces our flexibility if another operational issue should arise.
The extended hot and humid conditions have also had an impact on our aging dual mode locomotive fleet. To help improve locomotive availability, Metro-North is implementing an action plan that includes increased technical and engineering support and additional repair personnel at our maintenance facilities. In parallel, we are accelerating the replacement our Genesis locomotive fleet, which has served us well since 1995.
We regret any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of these delays, and we thank you for your patience while we perform these important safety and reliability improvements.
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