Metro-North back on schedule after hectic morning

Metro-North trains were back on schedule by 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, after a power problem snarled train service for more than three hours. Metro North Railroad spokesman Sam Zambuto said the evening commute will not be affected.

Zambuto said service was out completely from shortly before 7 a.m. to 7:20. All of the affected trains were stopped at stations during the outage and passengers on those trains were delayed 30 and 45 minutes, he said. The residual delays ranged from 15 to 45 minutes for the next several hours, hampering the morning commute.

The MTA said shortly after 10 a.m. that residual delays were worsened by rainy weather but were mostly over. The cause of the power problem remains under investigation, Zambuto said at 1 p.m.

A host of commuters took to Twitter to express their frustration.

Laura Douglas, who lives in Greenwich and commutes to Manhattan, tweeted that several trains were canceled as she attempted to get from Port Chester station to Grand Central.

“Am at port chester. Its a mess,” she tweeted to Greenwich Time. “Trains are getting cancelled and most trains operating now are locals to gct.

Douglas said she eventually got on the 7:06 train she was waiting for at 7:56.

“Everyone gets on the train and its standing room only,” she tweeted.

A loss of power to the overhead catenary system between Cos Cob and Harrison, N.Y. was the source of the problem, Zambuto said.

Amtrak trains, which run on the same corridor, were also delayed.

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Frank Juliano