The BlogJam

Southwestern Connecticut traffic updates from the staff at Hearst Connecticut Media Group

Rail bridge reopened to traffic

on
UPDATE:6:50 p.m.The Walk rail bridge over the Norwalk River has been successfully closed, which means it’s reopened to traffic. The 118-year-old bridge has been stuck in the open position since about 3:30 p.m. effectively paralyzing the Friday evening commute for thousands of passengers. Metro-North reported that the bridge reopened to traffic at 6:20 p.m. but […] [Read More]
Categories: Metro-North

Fire to delay Metro-North trains for weeks to come

on
GREENWICH – Riders on the New Haven Line should anticipate five to 10 minute delays until further notice as a result of a fire that destroyed a critical piece of equipment that controls switches and signals near Cos Cob Saturday morning, Metro-North officials said. The fire broke out about 9 a.m. in the switching control […] [Read More]
Categories: Metro-North

Last call this week for Metro-North bar cars

on
Bar cars on the New Haven line of the Metro North Railroad, the last in the nation, will be a thing of the past come Friday. Four remaining “M-2″ bar cars will have their last run on Friday as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority retires the cars to make room for the new “M-8″ cars, according […] [Read More]
Categories: Metro-North

Metro-North employee charged with lewd act on train

on
The man taken into custody after performing a lewd act in fromt of a female customer aboard a New Haven Line train in Fairfield this morning was a Metro-North employee, according to MTA police. Manny Ramos, 34,  of Brooklyn,N.Y. was charged with public indecency, breach of peace and disorderly conduct and was released on $1,000 […] [Read More]
Categories: Metro-North

Metro-North commuter advocate: ‘Get to bottom of safety issues’

on
Update 4:30 p.m.:  Dave Hendricks, a member of the newly formed Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said the Bronx derailment heightens the importance of questions about improving safety and reliability on the Metro-North New Haven Line. The recommendations from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation of the Bridgeport derailment and collision might include major infrastructure work that further slows […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Metro-North

Metro-North derailment: So far no effect on New Haven Line

on
Update: FDNY says four dead, up to 68 injured. See our transportation report Martin Cassidy’s reporting: http://goo.gl/hCaQns The Metro-North derailment in the Bronx does not appear to have an effect on the New Haven line, thus far. Our transportation reporter Martin Cassidy is working the story. We’ll of course be asking whether this could happen here in […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Metro-North

Metro North: Leaf ‘slime’ to blame for delays

on
The changing, falling leaves of Connecticut’s trees are traditionally seen as one of the more picturesque signs of autumn. But on Friday, Metro North says, those leaves were likely the cause of commuting delays of up to 15 minutes across its Connecticut lines. The railroad says that crushed leaves on the tracks result in an […] [Read More]
Categories: Metro-North

Man reported near train tracks in Derby

on
Updated 8:04 p.m. A man in a wheelchair was reported to be near the Metro North train tracks in Derby during evening rush hour Wednesday, but he was gone when police arrived. The man was reported shortly before 6 p.m. on the railroad tracks near Division Street which is between the Derby and Ansonia stations. […] [Read More]

What is your Plan B for getting to work?

on
Now that it appears that any semblance of “normalcy” is at least a week away as Con Edison continues to repair a damaged cable that brought Metro-North to a virtual standstill, we’d like to know what your plans are as we enter a new workweek for getting back and forth from work. Please click here […] [Read More]

Metro-North update; Twitter rants

on
Metro-North is reporting trains are on and close to schedule this morning. That includes the Waterbury branch that was forced to substitute bus service because of mechanical problems last night. When is a train considered late? Metro-North: “By national industry standards, a commuter train is considered on time if it arrives within 5:59 seconds of […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Metro-North