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Metro-North Changes Strategy For Bad Weather

A Metro-North Railroad train arrives - Port Chester, NY - Nov 28, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A Metro-North Railroad train arrives – Port Chester, NY – Nov 28, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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PORT CHESTER, NY (WCBS 880) - As winter fast approaches, the Metro-North Railroad is changing its strategy for how it deals with bad weather on the New Haven Line.

WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane On The Story


New trains are tickling into service, but they’re only better equipped to handle winter weather. Nothing, experts say, is winter proof.

Metro-North and the Connecticut DOT tell the Connecticut Post that they’ll quickly curtail and suspend service to protect the system.

Officials also plan to improve communications about service changes.

Rich Shapiro, who has been riding the rails for 15 years, says Clever Commute, Train Time, and other smartphone apps can help make a tough commute easier.

Metro-North also plans to suspend some overhead wiring work this winter, allowing trains to pass broken down equipment in the snow.

Experts, including Jim Cameron, head of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, suggest commuters plan in advance to work from home or have an alternate form of transportation in case train service is suspended.

What do you think Metro-North should do to prepare for severe winter weather? Share your idea in the comments section below!