Metro-North Riders Deal With Delays For Evening Rush

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So much for the evening rush.

Riders on both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road dealt with delays Thursday night.

CBS2’s Erin Logan was at Grand Central Terminal, where Metro-North commuters seemed pretty calm, considering the circumstances.

Passengers on the New Haven faced 20 to 30 minute delays, which began around 11 a.m.

Check the MTA for the latest service changes.

They’re due to damage to overhead wire. Chopper 2 was over the scene as maintenance crews were on the tracks fixing the problem.

As riders walked into Grand Central terminal in the afternoon, they had a lot of questions. As for the New Haven line, eastbound trains were not stopping at Cos Cob, Riverside or Old Greenwich. Passengers were told to take the train to Stamford, where they could switch for westbound service to those stations.

Eastbound service has since been restored.

New Canaan direct trains from Grand Central were cancelled. Passengers were told to transfer for service from Stamford to New Canaan. 

Scott Walter, a regular commuter, said as soon as he heard about the delays, he left work early.

“There’s always something on Metro-North, on New Haven line. From the derailment that happened in Rye not too long ago, to now power outage in Cos Cob, which is why I’m here now. I’m trying to get ahead of it and get on the 4:08 train, because I don’t want to sit in traffic for 90 minutes on the tracks,” he said. “Long Island, I agree, Penn Station – I feel for those guys. If they had to do this every day like I’m doing, that’s bad.”

Another commuter from Larchmont, named Maury, tried to get some help from Metro-North employees.

“I asked the information kiosk woman, ‘when we will be able to get back?’ And her attitude was, ‘I don’t know,’” she told WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz.

She said what has been happening with the trains has grown to unbearable proportions.

“All over the city today there’s just been all sorts of trouble with public transportation, and that’s what the city lives on,” he said. “We need funding for public transportation.”

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