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Pleasantville Commuters Say Metro-North Is Safe After Valhalla Accident

Commuters made their way to the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service.
Commuters made their way to the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Raj Karnati was delayed for 15 minutes this morning.
Raj Karnati was delayed for 15 minutes this morning. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Ramesh Ramkan said he believed Metro-North was still safe.
Ramesh Ramkan said he believed Metro-North was still safe. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
One of the MTA shuttle buses transporting people from Pleasantville to North White Plains.
One of the MTA shuttle buses transporting people from Pleasantville to North White Plains. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Jim Martingano was heading home on Metro-North after working in Brewster.
Jim Martingano was heading home on Metro-North after working in Brewster. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Commuters made their way to the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service.
Commuters made their way to the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A commuter asks for information at the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service.
A commuter asks for information at the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A train leaves the North White Plains station.
A train leaves the North White Plains station. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters gathered at the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service.
Commuters gathered at the North White Plains station, where Harlem River Line trains resumed service. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Traffic was kept away from the scene of Tuesday's train crash.
Traffic was kept away from the scene of Tuesday's train crash. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

NORTH WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Despite Tuesday night's deadly train accident , commuters at the North White Plains and Pleasantville train stations said they remain confident in Metro-North.

Metro-North service was suspended between Pleasantville and North White Plains, forcing passengers to get off at Pleasantville and take a shuttle bus.

Between national media and extra commuters, the North White Plains train station was busier than normal.

Molly Friedrich, a Bedford Hills resident, said the accident was a terrible tragedy and she was sorry for the people who lost their lives but she was not concerned about riding the train.

"Absolutely not," Friedrich said. "Metro-North is the safest form of transportation next to hiking."

Brian Lao was traveling this morning from New York City.

"I'm not nervous at all," Lao said. "It is safe. You can't control accidents. It happens."

Ramesh Ramkan, an Ossining resident, said accidents happen when machines are used.

"We have to be cautious," Ramkan said. "We can't make any judgments. Metro-North will still run and it is still safe. I will continue to take the train."

Raj Karnati, a North White Plains resident, said service was still good, despite the 15 minute delay he experienced.

"Sometimes these things happen," Karnati said.

Jim Martinago, a Danbury, Conn., resident, was waiting for the train after working an overnight shift in Southeast.

"I've been doing this for 10 years," Martinago said. "You learn to deal with train delays."

Pleasantville Police Chief Richard Love was out with Metro-North employees making sure everything was going smoothly with the shuttle buses. He said he expected there to be a minimal traffic impact on Pleasantville residents.

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