It was 7:45 a.m. with the trains running an hour to an hour and half late. On both Greenwich and Cos Cob train platforms, there was an air of quiet resignation among the morning multitudes waiting for Metro North to untangle itself from damaged wires in order to put the trains alongside the long waiting crowds.
“The 8:08 to Grand Central is 15 minutes late due to congestion occurring from an earlier incident,” came the announcement at the Cos Cob train station.
“It was a fire yesterday, a different reason today – it’s normal,” said regular Cos Cob to Grand Central commuter, Carl Livermore. Looking down at his timetable he said, “They should say these are suggested times.” His wife he said told him, “They should add ‘ish’ at the end of each time.”
Livermore, an Englishman, said when he flew with the Royal Air Force as a navigator, “Five seconds over time you were late.” But with Metro North, “if you are six minutes late at Grand Central, they don’t say they’re late.”
What was really going on beneath all those patient demeanors was described by one woman inside the Cos Cob station who identified herself as L.O.C. “Everybody is frustrated, and mad, and angry, and the announcements are terrible. When it squeaks you can’t understand it.”
Inside the Greenwich train station, two policemen posted there were on the lookout “in case the crowd gets unruly.” But they weren’t finding anything but clots of people checking their iPhones, and looking like they wished they were just about anywhere else.
Joyce Marlow’s “Gypsy”, a cunning Sheltie, was curled up asleep in her mistress’s lap. “We go into New York every day,” said Marlow, who said Gypsy was perfectly fine with the wait, “as long as she has my lap.”
A promising announcement came that trains would start running again “in 5 to 10 minutes.” One commuter voiced, “They just said an hour before maybe because that way they could over perform.”
Standing by the railroad tracks, Anthony Mosellie, rationalized the delay. “Given the number of people they move back and forth each day it could be worse.”