New report outlines short term fixes for troubled movable bridge

A $3 million plan to repair the 118-year-old railroad bridge over the Norwalk River working after it malfunctioned twice within a 10-day span includes work to the bridge’s electrical control system that lifts and reseat rails of the movable span and other work. [Read More]

Himes to speak for more infrastructure funding for bridges and highways

  NORWALK-U.S. Rep. Jim Himes will join local Norwalk elected officials and transportation advocates Monday to speak on behalf of greater infrastructure spending to replace and repair structurally deficient bridges like the Yankee Doodle Bridge. Hundreds of bridges in the state are structurally deficient, according to state bridge inspection records.¬† Nearly one in ten bridges […] [Read More]
Categories: General, traffic, trains

Two Metro-North trains break down in morning rush

An early morning train to Grand Central Terminal broke down between Stamford and Greenwich this morning stranding more than 500 passengers without air conditioning for 45 minutes, according to Metro-North Railroad. [Read More]

Republican minority leader criticizes use of state transportation funds

Senator Leonard Fasano-R-Cheshire and minority leader returned Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s rhetorical volley on Tuesday morning and challenged him to stop siphoning of specially dedicated fuel tax revenues for highways and transit in the Special Transportation Fund to cover other government shortfalls. [Read More]

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announces new rail safety legislation

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced on Tuesday plans to introduce a bill to beef up existing federal regulation of freight and passenger rail, boost fines, and accelerate investment in rehabbing and replacing infrastructure on the nation’s tracks. [Read More]

Hearing on Merritt Parkway Multi-Use Trail set for Tuesday in Norwalk

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be hosting a public meeting on the proposed Merritt Parkway Multi-Use Trail Tuesday night at Norwalk City Hall. [Read More]

Amtrak Springfield shuttle collides with car near Berlin,CT

Five passengers suffered minor injuries Monday morning when an Amtrak train heading for Springfield,Mass struck a white truck on the tracks near Berlin, Craig Schulz, an Amtrak spokesman said. The train, the 490 shuttle from New Haven to Springfield had about 45 passengers on board at 9:40 a.m. when it struck the truck at the […] [Read More]

Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to get three new members, two old ones

Metro-North’s parent agency The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Friday the New York State Senate had confirmed the appointment of three new members¬† of the agency’s governing board. The new members of the group are New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, replacing New York City Budget Director Mark Page, Neil Zucker of the Metro-North Commuter […] [Read More]

Metro-North releases report on 100-day plan

Metro-North has released the findings of its 100-Day Action Plan saying it has completed 21 of 32 initiatived identified by the railroad to improve safety, communication and reliability. The railroad said another seven initiatives are underway and two — improving communication with customers and improving train reliability and quality — are ongoing. Here is the […] [Read More]
Categories: New Haven line, trains

100 days later, Metro-North quiet; Pols critique

One hundred days after issuing his plan to improve safety, communications and on-time performance on the New Haven Line, Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti was quiet. No press releases, no public statements, not even a tweet to acknowledge the accomplishments or work that lies ahead. U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy waited until […] [Read More]