Metro-North trains back on schedule

UPDATE 12:01 P.M, … Metro-North: New Haven Line Service is now operating on or close to schedule.  We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of this incident.

The  delays continueD on Metro-North’s New Haven Line this morning.

The first delays were reported by rail commuters via Twitter.

Then about an hour later, at 7:11 AM, Metro-North reported “New Haven Line Customers traveling outbound from Grand Central Terminal should anticipate delays of up to 10 minutes due to weather-related conditions.”

More tweets followed saying there were growing delays on trains heading into GCT.

Then at 7:42 AM, Metro-North admitted there were delays throughout the New Haven Line.

It said: “New Haven Line Service continues to operate with delays of up to 15 minutes due to weather-related conditions.  Please listen for announcements at your station.”

The 7:42 out of South Norwalk was 15 minutes late; the 8:01 out of Greenwich was running 12 minutes late.

Some trains, like the 8:06 AM out of Greenwich were cancelled.

At 8:45 AM, the delays were as long as 18 minutes.

By 9:30 AM, the longest delays were on trains heading eastbound toward New Haven.

A Fairfield's Metro station this morning.

A Fairfield’s Metro station this morning.

The delays are the latest in a series of the problems the railroad – and passengers – have experienced in the last two days.

On Thursday night, all Metro-North trains across New York and Connecticut lost power for two hours because of a computer system power problem. Trains were brought to a halt for safety purposes while electricians worked to hook up temporary power to the computer system.
Trains were taken to the nearest stations, where riders were allowed to exit. All trains had power and heat during the two-hour interruption.

The cause of the power problem hasn’t been determined.

And on Wednesday night, about 200 passengers were stranded on a powerless, unheated train at the Greens Farms station in Westport.

A check of the MTA’s Train Time shows a few trains were running about six minutes late, but most were “on time.”

At 7:05 AM, @jimmyschmieds tweeted: “Greenwich update: @MetroNorth15 min late and two cars short. But has power, is moving and hasn’t derailed yet.”

When is a technically train late?

“By national industry standard, a commuter train is considered on time if it arrives within 5:59 seconds of its scheduled arrival time,” Metro-North says on its web site.

To check and see if your train is on time click here.

We’ll be monitoring Metro-North’s performance throughout the day. Check back for updates.


Jim Shay