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Southwestern Connecticut traffic updates from the staff at Hearst Connecticut Media Group
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Metro-North blames delays on ‘signal issues’

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  UPDATE 9:26 AM: Updated service advisory from Metro-North “Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line Customers may experience delays of 10-15 minutes traveling into Grand Central Terminal due to signal issues. Please listen for announcements at your station.” UPDATE – 9:24 A.M. - Trains out of the Brewster, N.Y., station were running almost exactly on schedule […] [Read More]
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More accidents wrapping up the AM commute

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UPDATED 9:24 AM Merritt Parkway Still heavy on the Merritt. Speeds are slowest between Exit 44 in Fairfield down to Exit 41 in Westport. Traffic slows again at Route 7 in Norwalk to High Ridge Road in Stamford. Interstate 95 A southbound accident has blocked the shoulder near Exit 22. Traffic is crawling in the […] [Read More]
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MetroNorth Troubles: Tell us what you’re seeing

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Monday morning’s commute is expected to be normal, but following on the heels of a disastrous week for MetroNorth, commuters could be forgiven for feeling angry and suspicious of any positive predictions. “Who knows what is going to happen as the cold weather continues?” commuter advocate Jim Cameron said Sunday. “Anyone who commutes regularly on Metro-North knows […] [Read More]
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, said "I am convinced that a comprehensive review and possible total overhaul of operations are necessary to ensure that this railroad runs safely and reliably."

Blumenthal: ‘Total overhaul’ may be necessary

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued the following statement on the Metro-North service disruption that left commuters stranded at stations or stuck on trains for two hours: “User error seems to be Metro-North’s story these days. Routine maintenance during peak user hours, particularly under the most severely adverse weather conditions, is absolutely unacceptable and inexplicable. More […] [Read More]
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MTA CEO Tom Prendergast.

MTA chairman apologizes for service disruption

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The loss of power that knocked out all Metro North rail service during the evening rush hour Thursday “was unacceptable, pure and simple,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. Prendergast said the cause of last night’s two-hour service disruption on Metro-North Railroad has been traced to human error during an electrical repair project. […] [Read More]
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Power outage to signal system on Metro-North caused by bungled maintenance job

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The power outage on Metro-North Railroad was caused by human error, according to the railroad when repair crews mistakenly took the train control computer off line while attempting to conduct an electrical repair. [Read More]
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Malloy ‘outraged’ over last Metro-North problem

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he was “outraged” by the latest inconvenience during the coldest period of the year. In a statement, he said: “The power outage on the New Haven Line last evening was totally avoidable and frankly, unfathomable given that it occurred due to inappropriate actions on the part of Metro-North,” Malloy said. […] [Read More]
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Metro North power loss was caused by ‘a stupid mistake’

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A Metro North Railroad employee working to repair the line’s battery backup power system “inadvertently unhooked the wrong wire. It was just human error, a stupid mistake,” MNRR spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said Friday morning. The commuter line experienced delays during the morning rush hour, but those were weather-related, not a residual effect from the earlier […] [Read More]
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