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Conn. DOT: No Timetable For Completion Of Track Work Impacting Stamford Commuters

MTA, State Waiting On NTSB Report On Bridgeport Derailment And Collision
A Metro-North train is seen in Stamford, CT - Aug 28, 2009 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A Metro-North train is seen in Stamford, CT (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Metro-North Railroad commuters in Stamford say they’re frustrated with continued delays and long travel times.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported Friday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Connecticut Department Of Transportation are waiting on recommendations in the NTSB investigation of the train derailment and collision in Bridgeport back in May.

In the meantime, stepped up track inspection continues with the use of ground-penetrating radar.

The state DOT commissioner said there’s no date set for the completion of track work.

The work has slowed trains in some locations to 10 mph, the Stamford Advocate reported.

“Many of us who ride the train every day are just going to have to start trying to get here a little bit earlier,” a commuter told Murnane.

“You had to learn a new schedule, which they didn’t publish when they announced it in mid-August. You have to pay attention to the board. It’s taking about 15-20 minutes longer than usual,” another rider said.

The big track rehabilitation project in the Bronx is more than 50 percent complete, officials said.

However, the project was expected to wrap up by Labor Day but will continue until at least November, Murnane reported.

Recent accidents on the rails have prompted the MTA to create a blue ribbon panel of experts to examine safety and to determine if track improvements will be necessary.

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