New York area commuters now have free access to limited service on Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and New York City Transit lines.
New Jersey Transit resumed operation along its River Line light-rail route at 3 p.m., Oct. 31, with trips occurring every 30 minutes between the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and Trenton Transit Center.
Northeast freight operations are slowly returning to normal along routes left in Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction.
Limited commuter and subway service will return to New York beginning Wednesday afternoon.
Water is the biggest hurdle the New York area is facing in its fight to restore commuter and subway service. While bus service has been restored, it will likely be days before New York Metropolitan Transit Authority subway and commuter trains and NJ Transit service resumes.
Outside of the New York Metropolitan area, passenger and freight rail service is returning to normal operation with residual delays.
Freight and passenger rail providers across the Northeast scrambled Tuesday morning to assess damage left by Hurricane Sandy and restore service where possible.
Frankenstorm, super storm, perfect storm, call it what you will, Hurricane Sandy has launched East Coast passenger and freight rail operations into a flurry of activity to prepare for the approaching wind and rain associated with the Category 1 tempest.
The Federal Railroad Administration published a Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register Oct. 19, proposing to amend the Federal Track Safety Standards "to promote the safety of railroad operations by enhancing rail-flaw detection processes."
The OneRail Coalition, an alliance of freight and passenger stakeholders, has issued letters to the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns emphasizing the importance of the nation's rail networks.