Navigating the roads and rails will create a historic commute Monday morning. Here’s our guide to getting you where you need to be, and the obstacles you may face.
NEW HAVEN Call your neighbors. These service interruptions have affected 30,000 people east of Bridgeport, and as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Sunday night, “if all those people were to get on the highway in single-occupancy cars, we would literally have a parking lot.” So carpool and take off early. Even with car-sharing, Interstate-95 is going to be a battlefield.
BRIDGEPORT AREA If you have a short fuse, skip the busing. They’ll need about 20 to accommodate one full train, and just the loading and unloading will tack on at least 20 minutes. Try carpooling to a station west of the accident, or ask your boss if you can telecommute.
STAMFORD AREA Be the early bird. The Stamford garage usually fills by 7-7:30 a.m., so aim for 6:45 a.m. If you don’t want to walk to the station from a city garage (Bell, Summer and Bedford streets are open for free), head to Darien. Parking is free there, and the lots are closer to the stations at Noroton Heights and Darien than they are in Stamford.
GREENWICH The trains out of Greenwich should run on schedule, so expect that people from all over will be taking advantage of that. If you don’t want to deal with crowds, head west to the Harlem Line. They’ll honor your New Haven Branch ticket and you can lose the headache.
VALLEY AREA Cut your losses. With all the obstacles in your way this morning, your best bet is to call your boss and ask if you can work from home. Not an option? Ditch your briefcase and drive to Rowayton or SoNo stations, where you can skip over the busing debacle and search for a spot to squeeze into on a sardine train.
DANBURY AREA It will be a typical Monday for Danbury commuters, but don’t waste any time. Get your butt in a seat on one of the through trains so you won’t have to transfer in South Norwalk. Then guard that seat like it’s the last one in existence — it very well may be.
GRAND CENTRAL OK, you’ve made it. Now, what’s your plan for tomorrow? Malloy suggests that once you arrive, you consider staying in the city “for the duration of this disturbance.” As he said, it certainly is worth considering.