Reports of explosion halt NY commuter trains

New York’s Metro-North commuter railway has canceled trains that run out of the city’s Grand Central station due to a reported explosion in Manhattan, according to the agency that operates the service.

The cancellations are affecting trains on Metro-North’s Harlem and New Haven lines, which run between New York City and Wassaic, N.Y., and Connecticut, respectively.

“Service into and out of [Grand Central Terminal] is temp. delayed until further notice due to police activity,” the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority tweeted Wednesday morning. “As info becomes avail. we will provide updates.”

The Metro-North is the fourth-largest commuter railway in the United States, with 280,300 passengers taking trips on its trains during an average weekday, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

The Metro-North railway has come under fire in recent months for a series of high-profile accidents that have spurred a push in Congress for greater regulation of the rail industry.

An employee of the railway was killed by a train in an incident that occurred this week, according to reports.