BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Metro-North commuters are getting some good news Tuesday.
Limited Metro-North Railroad and full Amtrak train service resumed at around 3 p.m. Tuesday between New York and New Haven, according to the MTA.
Regular service will resume on Wednesday, MTA Metro-North Railroad, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak announced.
“We have one track that’s back in service and Metro-North is going to resume service on the New Haven line all the way from New York to New Haven. And that opens up the Northeast Corridor for Amtrak as well,” Metro-North spokeswoman Majorie Anders told 1010 WINS. “It’s wonderful news for the whole region and our customers and we’re delighted with the hard work.”
Since trains in both directions will have to share one track for a seven-mile stretch, delays of a couple of minutes are anticipated, Anders added.
“We’re going to be able to provide about half of the normal PM eastbound rush service to New Haven,” Anders told WCBS 880. “We will be operating normal reverse peak, in other words, hourly service coming from New Haven into New York.”
Repair work to the second track continues and is expected to be fully repaired sometime Tuesday evening, said Anders. The track will then undergo hours of testing but is expected to be ready in time for the Wednesday morning commute.
Amtrak also resumed service between New York and New Haven, Conn.Regularly scheduled operations will commence with the departure of Acela Express train 2171, leaving Boston at 3:15 p.m., and Acela Express train 2166 departing New York at 4 p.m.
“Amtrak applauds the tireless efforts of Metro-North Railroad to quickly repair the tracks and other pieces of critical infrastructure, providing a vital transportation service to the region,” Amtrak said in a statement.
Amtrak service between New Haven, Conn., and New York was suspended indefinitely following a collision involving Metro-North Railroad trains near Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday, May 17.
Many commuters Tuesday were happy to hear the news.
“I thought the weekend or maybe next week, but I’m surprised it’s going to be up and running,” one Stratford resident said. Better “For me, I don’t have to go through this any more.”
Connecticut lawmakers plan hearings on the crash on the rail network they say is in need of extensive improvements.
Members of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee said they have been briefed by state transportation officials over the years about the hefty investment Connecticut needs to make to fully upgrade the commuter rail line, including a couple of 100-year-old bridges that need to be replaced.