The New York Metropolitan Transport Authority is planning to restore the Port Jervis line, located in the US counties of Rockland and Orange, at a cost of $50m after it was badly damaged by tropical storm Irene.
The project is planned to be carried out in two phases. The first phase involves repairing the damage to permit trains to travel from Harriman to Suffern, while the second phase involves completion of track, signal and bridge work, as well as installing new culverts and retaining walls to prevent future flooding from the Ramapo River.
The work also includes rebuilding the track bed sub-grade, replacing stone in the washout areas, compacting the loose stone and surfacing the right-of-way, as well as repair work on the bridges that carry tracks over streams and roads, and rebuilding the slopes adjacent to the river.
The project requires about 150,000t of stone to restore the Port Jervis line train service.
The train line carries about 2,800 people per day through Orange County from the Pennsylvania border into New Jersey.
Currently, trains are running on the largely undamaged portion of the line between its terminus in Port Jervis and the Harriman station.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.