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Metro-North Service Update

An explanation for last night's delays on the New Haven Line

During last night's rush hour (August 19), scattered thunderstorm cells with high winds moved through Metro-North's territory and caused trees to fall into the overhead signal power lines and a lightning strike at Cos Cob, affecting train movement across the New Haven Line. The resulting signal and switch problems caused up to 35-minute delays during the PM rush.

Metro-North quickly dispatched crews to the affected areas, removed the trees and made repairs to the circuits by 8:30 PM.

The Waterbury, New Canaan and Danbury branches were also impacted by delays because of congestion on the New Haven main line.

We realize this and other recent weather-related events have impacted our train service and we are committed to taking any necessary corrective actions to address this situation.

As part of its track maintenance program, Metro-North has a robust tree trimming program in place to help combat downed branches and trees on the tracks. The railroad will continue its aggressive program to remove trees along the right of way, targeting its efforts to areas most likely to be impacted. 

When large storms are forecasted with enough advance notice, we pre-position equipment and bring in additional maintenance personnel in order to be prepared to quickly address problems as they arise and minimize the impact on train service.  

We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding during these weather-related events.

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