new haven line
It was a rough ride Thursday night from some Metro-North New Haven Line passengers, when a northbound train slammed into a tree that had fallen onto the tracks.
Metro-North says repairs were completed to the Walk Bridge just before 9 a.m.
Along a nine-mile stretch between Port Chester and Stamford, the system has gone from three rush hour direction tracks to two.
The bar cars, which have been in operation on the New Haven line since 1973, were phased out as the railroad switches its fleet over to the new M-8 cars.
The last of the cars will make their final run on Friday. Metro-North rolled out the bar cars on the New Haven line in the 1970s.
Metro-North says the new schedules are “designed to provide substantially improved performance and reliability while accommodating new safety measures.”
Metro-North’s new president told New Haven line commuters to expect a smoother morning commute when new train schedules are released next month.
The railroad has been beefing up its power supply system since a Con Ed feeder cable blew out in Mount Vernon late last September. Service came to a screeching halt on the New Haven line for nearly two weeks.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the Metro-North will have an extra New Haven Line train on Sunday for fans to travel to and from Madison Square Garden.
Jim Cameron says the Commuter Action Group is encouraging commuters to immediately report problems such as late trains and lack of heat directly to the railroad and copy the complaint via email to their elected official. Complaints will also be tweeted to Metro-North and elected officials.
Around 7:45 p.m., the computers that run the railroad’s signal system lost power when one of two main power supply units was taken out of service for replacement.
According to Metro-North, a signal issue caused the service outage.
A published report said Monday night that the president of the Metro-North Railroad has decided to step down.
Starting on Jan. 1, passengers will face a 5 percent ticket price hike.
The MTA said the new protections will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve.