Metro-North Trains Should Be Up And Running By Wednesday Morning

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Rail workers inspect the area of Friday's train derailment and collision along the Bridgeport-Fairfield border.
Rail workers inspect the area of Friday's train derailment and collision along the Bridgeport-Fairfield border. Photo Credit: NTSB via Flickr
Traffic on Fairfield County's highways was not unusually high for a Monday morning, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.
Traffic on Fairfield County's highways was not unusually high for a Monday morning, Gov. Dannel Malloy said. Photo Credit: David Park

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line is scheduled to be back to normal by Wednesday morning, officials said Monday.

“We are confident that the reconstruction work, inspection and testing will be completed in time for a normal rush hour on Wednesday,” Metro-North President Howard Permut said in a statement Monday evening. “We are grateful for the tireless work of all departments and employees engaged in this huge task.”

Metro-North and the Connecticut Department of Transportation have to rebuild 2,000 feet of track after Friday’s derailment and collision on the Fairfield-Bridgeport border. The agencies also need to restring overhead catenary wires to restore electricity to the rail line and retest the track and the signals before trains can begin running.

Train ridership was way down Monday, with about 750 people riding shuttle trains and buses from towns north of the accident Monday, or about 20 percent of the usual number, Metro-North said. Overall, however, ridership on the New Haven Line was down 20 percent Monday. About 2,700 people total had used the Metro-North bus service by 3 p.m. Monday, it said.

Connecticut’s main highways did not see unusually high traffic Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy said Monday. The Merritt Parkway’s car load was actually slightly below a typical Monday, while Interstate 95 was slightly slower, he said.

“Suffice it to say, the plan worked,” Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said Monday. “People listened, and we had support systems in place."

For Tuesday, Metro-North will continue the system it set up for Monday’s commute, with trains running from New Haven to Bridgeport, buses taking commuters from Bridgeport and Fairfield to Westport, and trains running again from Westport to Grand Central. The full schedule and plan is available here.

The state will maintain its same procedures Tuesday morning that it did Monday. State Police and tow crews will be on call during rush hours to clear accidents quickly. The state Emergency Operations System will also be open to help manage the rush-hour commute.

On Sunday evening, Malloy had asked Connecticut residents to telecommute to work if possible, and carpool or vanpool if driving instead of taking the train. He asked commuters to take those same steps again Tuesday.

“This is tremendously good news,” Malloy said of Metro-North’s announcement. “However, this also means that we’re going to have one more day of great difficulty, and that’s tomorrow.”

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I said We all know (except for a few morons) that this is all due to the years of neglect by the Republicans all while giving tax breaks to the big oil companies. Who comes out the head moron propaganda Queen PAIGE.

Paige
We all realize that you are a stupid Republican but really why always make yourself look like a fool. Maybe you are so stupid you don't realize it but you have actually agreed with me that this is all the fault of the filthy Republican Scum and their lack of funding for the mass transit infrastructure.

"Investigators found records that showed that a joint bar was reported as cracked during an inspection at the site in April, the NTSB said in a statement Friday. The joint bar was repaired by Metro-North Railroad at the time, the report says."

KEY WORD REPAIRED not replaced...Why no funding due to the Republican scum giving tax breaks to big oil.

Paige do you get paid to post your lies and propaganda or are you just a stupid brainwashed puppet of the filthy Republican scum?

What did Malloy have to do with the repairs?
It was the bloddy MTA workers that fixed the tracks!

Thank You Governor Malloy for your leadership in this matter. We all know (except for a few morons) that this is all due to the years of neglect by the Republicans all while giving tax breaks to the big oil companies.

Mr. Nelson -

Well now, this interesting tidbit was released today.

Investigators found records that showed that a joint bar was reported as cracked during an inspection at the site in April, the NTSB said in a statement Friday. The joint bar was repaired by Metro-North Railroad at the time, the report says.

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/news/ntsb-engineer-saw-unusual-condition-track-metro-north-crash

That section of track was repaired in April. That doesn't speak of neglect to me, either by Metro North, ConnDOTRail or the government.

So, you are now blaming the rail accident on a tax break for major oil companies? You also apparently believe that Rell gave major tax breaks to oil companies. I don't believe that we have any oil refineries in Connecticut. While the major oil corporations do conduct business in our state, I'd like to see evidence that the State of Connecticut gave major oil companies tax breaks.

The State has control over State taxes, they do not have control over Federal taxes. That would limit the State to the PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) payments which generally are for colleges, hospitals and other State owned facilities within any given municipality. Oil companies would not qualify for that program. And anyway, Malloy cut that out of the State budget, so our cities will receive that much less from the State for having NCC and Norwalk Hospital in town.

Mr. Nelson,

Clearly you either know nothing about how the State works or you think that Malloy personally came down and did the work. And since you cut and pasted your mis-information from another thread, I will do likewise. The facts don't change.

Oh, yeah, and before Irish Girl claims there's a virus, please feel free to search a list of the CT Governors in your own choice of search engines.

As I said elsewhere...

The New York/New Haven line is managed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation: Office of Rails. Over the past five or six years, there have been major replacements and repairs underway. Both the New Canaan and the Danbury spur lines have experienced major work, as have a number of railroad bridges. Fairfield just opened a brand new second station not too far from where the derailment happened and it looks like Bridgeport may also be getting a second station. Those kinds of projects do not happen overnight. It takes planning and permits.

As a matter of fact, let's talk a bit more about the work that has taken place on the New York/New Haven line. Here's what the webpage for ConnDOT:Office of Rails says:

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) with the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) developed a multi-faceted integrated approach to replace the current Rail Car Fleet. The ConnDOT proposal became Senate Bill 2000, which was signed into law on July 1, 2005. The $1.3 billion Transportation Improvement Program provides for the design and purchase of 342 passenger cars for the New Haven Line as well as a new rail maintenance facility and other public transportation initiatives.

Specifically the first Transportation Package passed in 2005 included:

$667 million for new rail cars on the New Haven Line,
$300 million for new rail maintenance facilities,
$187 million for “congestion mitigation” measures on Interstate 95 from Greenwich to North Stonington,
$150 million for improvements to I-84 and I-91, as well as other state
roads and highways,
$7.5 million for new transit buses.

http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=1386&q=316722

Oh yeah, and Malloy was not the Governor of the State of Connecticut in 2005, Jodi Rell was. And back in 2000 when the proposals first came forward, Rowland was the Governor.

Nice try.

Yes Mr Nelson I agree.