Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Metro-North has nearly completed a four year project to replace century old catenary wires between Bridgeport and Southport, progress anticipated to make all four tracks in the seven mile stretch available for service during the railroad’s peak hours.
Metro-North executives have emphasized the stepped up effort to finish the wire project was crucial to the success of a timetable change by freeing the extra capacity needed to help offset now permanent speed restrictions on sharp curves and movable bridges.
“There is understandably a negative public perception of the reliability of our railroad infrastructure and state of good repair,” Malloy said. “…While I realize there is no silver bullet I want to assure riders that they will have safe and reliable commute as soon as possible…”
Unpredictable trip times on the New Haven Line has contributed to crowding of earlier morning trains as commuters have struggled to find runs that will get them to Manhattan and other destinations at an acceptable hour.