MTA: Danbury branch work to continue through April

DANBURY — Work on train crossings along Metro-North Railroad’s Danbury branch is expected to continue through next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority noted in an update on the project.

Though new signal systems were installed at each crossing along the branch last year, a persistent problem has been gates closing when trains are not in the area. Metro-North and the state Department of Transportation are now in the midst of efforts to repair the issue on 11 crossings, three of which have already returned to normal service.

The remaining eight crossings continue to operate under the railroad’s “Stop and Warn” procedure, requiring trains to come to a stop before entering a crossing. MTA pointed out in its update that the crossings have worked properly when trains are present.

While the work continues, so will a new service plan on the Danbury branch, which began March 1 and includes morning peak trains departing eight to 10 minutes early, afternoon and evening peak trains arriving later and bus service for service from South Norwalk to Danbury during morning peak hours, according to MTA.

Dennis O'Malley