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Metro-North's Hudson Line is now running in both directions, four days after a freight train derailed.
 
The railroad says all trains are running with scattered delays of up to 15 minutes until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., bus service will connect commuters to shuttle train service.
 
A freight train hauling garbage derailed between stations Thursday night.
 
The derailment affected service on the line that runs between Manhattan and Poughkeepsie  80 miles north.
 
The damage was so substantial that only one of two tracks in the area is back in service on Monday. Work will continue on rebuilding the other track before it can be returned to passenger service.
 
The cause of the derailment is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ten cars of the 24 car freight train derailed and making the situation even worse, those cars were carrying tons of compacted trash.

The cause of the derailment is still unknown but the MTA is looking into heat as a factor.

Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling for the feds to also investigate.

"First, investigate the series of delays that have been heat related on our subways and commuter lines," said Schumer. "Second, to come up with a plan as to how we can avoid these delays and third, to do it in time for the FTB here so we can put the dollars in that are needed."

Fox 5 spoke to Metro-North riders at Grand Central Station who are concerned that other factors may also be responsible for this derailment.

"There's a lot of heat and whatever but I think it's the maintenance hasn't been kept," said one commuter.

"My concerns budget cuts the past few years and all our transportation systems, so I hope it's not a direct correlation with that," added another.

As a result of the derailment, thousands had a much longer commute into the city. Buses in Yonkers took passengers to Riverdale. There, the No. 1 train took them into Manhattan with many hoping this will not be a repeat Monday morning.

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