Train service returns to New Canaan RR branch early Tuesday
Published 5:32 am, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Train service on the New Canaan branch of Metro-North Railroad is scheduled to resume early Tuesday for the first time since it was suspended during Storm Sandy more than two weeks ago.
In a brief announcement late Monday, a railroad spokeswoman said that the first train is set to return to service at 5:31 a.m. Tuesday.
Metro-North work crews have been "working both day and night to repair overhead catenary wires, the railroad signal system and to complete extensive track clearing following the damage caused by Storm Sandy," according to the statement.
Since the rail service was suspended, commuters on the New Canaan branch have been transported by bus.
"The fact that we're able to start running trains again tomorrow after such a significant and damaging storm really is a testament to the dedication of all Metro-North, particularly the workers out in the field putting in the time and labor to get the line back up and running. My thanks goes out to all of them for helping Connecticut's rail service bounce back so quickly," James P. Redeker, the state Department of Transportation commissioner, also said in the statement.
The New Canaan line carries more than 2,000 commuters daily, according to the DOT.