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Southwestern Connecticut traffic updates from the staff at Hearst Connecticut Media Group
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A slow crawl in I-95 this AM

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UPDATE 8:53 AM Nothing has changed on southbound I-95. It’s still a mess with traffic crawling in the low 20s MPH from Bridgeport to Darien. The Merritt Parkway, however, is showing signs of improvement. UPDATE 8:30 AM Not a good day to be on southbound I-95 this AM. There is a more than 13-mile delays […] [Read More]
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What they’re saying on the platforms and trains

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UPDATED 9:10 AM *** Metro North’s Train Time app is down*** Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth For schedules pls call 511/text CooCoo (266266) with your point of origin & destination – CT customers please call 1-877-690-5114 16m Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with Train Time and Schedule and Fare information at mta.info. BB @brittabrow Somehow the […] [Read More]
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Route 8/25 south, at Fairfield Avenue, 6:15 AM

Traffic building for the morning commute

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UPDATED 9 AM Traffic remains light for a Monday morning. No accidents have been reported in out area and both I-95 and the Merritt Parkway are flowing smoothly at this hour. Apparently, a good number of people are taking today off. Hmm… UPDATED 8:20 AM The heaviest traffic at the moment is on I-95 south […] [Read More]
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Passengers in serious crash identified

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Police on Friday released the identities of the passengers who were involved in a serious crash that happened Thursday morning in the city’s East End. The accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday when a Ford SUV traveling on Union Avenue broadsided a Buick LeSabre traveling east on Stratford Avenue. Police investigated and determined that the […] [Read More]
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Feds castigate Metro North leadership for lapses

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he expects to hear whether senior Metro North employees and executives were disciplined or dismissed over the railroad’s recent safety issues. “There has been a litany of safety lapses that is rooted in bad management,” he said. “Many of the recommendations I made after the Bridgeport derailment last May still […] [Read More]
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FINAL Deep Dive Report (S10-140310-003)[1]

Highlights from the “Deep Dive” report

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– Effective immediately, Metro-North’s senior leadership must prioritize safety above all else, and communicate and implement that priority throughout Metro-North. –The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) identified three overarching safety concerns that affect all facets of Metro-North: • An overemphasis of on-time performance; • An ineffective Safety Department and poor safety culture; and • An ineffective training program. – […] [Read More]
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Bradley Airport gets a lift from new routes

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Passenger traffic through Bradley International Airport has increased in each of the last five months, airport officials announced Friday morning. January figures provided by the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley, show a 9 percent increase over January, 2013. It was the fifth straight month of year-over-year increases. More than 5.4 million passengers traveled through […] [Read More]
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New Canaan branch service resumes

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From MTA: UPDATE: New Canaan Branch train service resumes with the 10:02AM train departing Stamford making all stops to New Canaan. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of this incident. UPDATE: Substitute Bus Service will be provided on the New Canaan Branch for the 9:35AM train departing New Canaan […] [Read More]
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