When the four-alarm fire in Harlem sent Metro North train schedules into chaos this week, everyone was scrambling for a different way home. My friend, Sara, pulled together this emergency evacuation plan after 9/11 — it’s detailed directions for how to get back to Westchester when Metro North is down. Keep it handy. You never know when you might need it. We used it this week!
1. Subway and Bus Combinations; Plus, Driving Directions
2 Subway Train to Wakefield. Anyone living close to Post Road can take Bus #40 or #41, which goes up Post Road. Driving directions to Wakefield: Bronx River Parkway, Exit 19C. Take Wakefield Avenue/ E 241st. Subway is at White Plains Road.
5 Train to Nereid. (Don’t take Eastechester Dyre Avenue.) If you walk north to 241st Street, you can also catch Bus #40 or #41. Driving directions to Nereid: Bronx River Parkway, Exit 19C. Take Wakefield Avenue/E 241st. Subway is at White Plains Road.
4 Train to Woodlawn (end of the line). You can then catch the #20 or #21 bus up Central Avenue. Driving directions to Woodlawn: Henry Hudson Parkway or I-87 to Mosholu Parkway. Look for the 4 train (it is elevated over Jerome Avenue). Go north (left) under the L for Woodlawn (last exit). Stay on Jerome Avenue heading north to get onto 87, or take 87 South exit Jerome Avenue/233rd Street, and head south to find Woodlawn station.
6 Train to Pelham Bay Park. Then take the #45 bus to the end, Mill Road, and Route 22, Eastchester. Driving directions to Pelham Bay Park Subway: I-95 to Exit 8A. Station is right off of exit.
B or D train to Bedford Park Boulevard (end of B, second to last on D). Walk west to Jerome Avenue to pick up the #20/21 (look for the elevated trains of the 4; the bus runs beneath).
1 train to Van Cortland Park (end of the line). #3 express bus to White Plains train station. The bus takes the Sprain. Driving directions to Van Cortland Park: Henry Hudson Parkway, Exit 23, take Route 9 South (Broadway); end of the train is 242nd Street and Broadway.
2. Express Bus BxM4C
It goes up Madison Avenue with stops on 26th, 32nd, 39th, 47th, 54th, 63rd, 69th, 84th, 99th Streets. Costs $7.50 (MetroCard). But you can also get off on Central Avenue and Ardsley Road and get picked up. Here’s the schedule.
Get on at Penn Station (34th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues). It may change day to day, but it generally takes about 30 minutes and costs $30.