Storm Recovery Efforts Continue, More Service Added to Schedule
Regularly Scheduled Express Service Resumes
Effective Monday, December 17, 2012, Staten Island Railway (SIR) has resumed operating all regularly scheduled express trains on both the weekday AM & PM peak periods.
During off-peak hours, trains run every 30 minutes.
Slippery Rail Schedule in Effect
Customers should note, SIR is still operating its Slippery Rail Schedule which adjusts Saint George bound train departures by five( 5) minutes earlier than normally scheduled , Monday through Friday from 9AM to 2:30 PM; from 8:30 PM to 5:00 AM. In addition, Tottenville bound train departures are adjusted five (5) minutes later than normally scheduled, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM; from 8:30 PM to 5:00 AM. Morning and Evening Rush Hours remain as scheduled, with some exceptions.
The Damage Caused by Sandy
Superstorm Sandy hit Staten Island with unimagined ferocity. MTA Staten Island Railway did not escape the damaging winds and high tides that left much of the island devastated. Major damage occurred at the St. George Interlocking and the Clifton Maintenance Shop leaving SIR able to provide only limited service in the days after the storm and no express train service.
Work to Restore the Network
Although, SIR has made significant progress in the restoration of the St. George Signal System, we still have a long road ahead to return the system to its full capability.
At St. George, we experienced loss of the master tower and relay room, ten switch machines, various signal equipment pieces in addition to signal equipment in the tunnel leading to the terminal. We are in the process of acquiring critical electrical equipment to replace damaged components.
SIR employees have been working around the clock to make repairs and provide as much service to our customers as possible. In order to facilitate the ongoing Signal System restoration work the following schedule modifications have been made to the schedule;
- The 5:09 PM Train departure from the Tottenville terminal will express from the Grasmere Station to the Saint George terminal and arrive at 5:47 PM until further notice.
- The 7:24 PM Train departure from Tottenville scheduled to arrive at 8:06 PM in the Saint George terminal has been cancelled until further notice
We thank you for riding the Staten Island Railway and appreciate your patience and understanding as we make repairs to our tracks and signals.
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