Posts Tagged ‘ metro-north ’

Leaders to create business plan to spur growth along planned freight rail line

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

If the plans go through, riders from Connecticut would be able to transfer to trains headed to Long Island or New Jersey without transferring to another station.

MTA proposes linking New Haven and Penn Station

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
A Metro North train heads from West Haven to Grand Central. (photo: cjzurcher)

The $743 million plan, part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, would add four new stations in the East Bronx on current Amtrak track. Metro-North trains, which are run by the MTA, would branch off at New Rochelle and arrive at Penn Station after those four stops.

Malloy chose busway but railroad may do him in

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Governor Malloy’s prospects for a second term may be determined by how many more times before Nov. 4 that troublesome 118-year-old railroad drawbridge in Norwalk malfunctions and stops traffic on the busiest commuter rail line in the country, Metro-North. Accidents and other breakdowns on Metro-North in the last year have discredited state government more than

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Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

The Walk Bridge, a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and failed to operate properly on 16 of those openings. Now it has failed twice in the past two weeks — most recently on Friday — stranding passengers and generally interrupting commerce in the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Leaders of Third-World countries wouldn’t stand for this.

Gov. Malloy on Metro-North’s new rail schedule

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I have the commitments of MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Joe Giulietti that they will work directly with our DOT over the next few months to prepare schedule proposals that go beyond today’s changes, with an eye toward even better service by the fall.”

New Haven line upgrade will double electrical supply and prevent power failures

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a news conference at Union Station in New Haven to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line beginning on Monday, February 3. The project will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, New York, seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced the DOT will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line beginning on Monday, Feb. 3.

Bikes hooks being tried on Metro-North

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

“We’re really excited about this,” said Matthew Feiner, owner of Devil’s Gear Bike Shop in New Haven. “To be able to put a bicycle on Metro-North and be able to travel in and out of New York City with a bicycle so you can be a better, more effective commuter is huge.”

Lawmakers: Time to replace Metro-North?

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

While several legislators said Connecticut should find a new operator for its commuter rail service to New York City, the state’s top transportation official said replacing Metro-North isn’t a viable option right now.

Most Metro-North rail service to N.Y. suspended for three to four weeks

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

Wednesday’s power failure on the Metro-North rail line means most Connecticut commuters will need to find alternate transportation to New York City for at least next three weeks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced.

Climate Change and the NYC Metro Area Transit System

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

  In the New York City metro area, the worst of Hurricane Sandy seems to have passed, and the long work of recovery has begun. At a press conference today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at length about the two biggest challenges facing the city, and they are also the main challenges of

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Will the future of rail travel include Metro-North?

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By

Hartford to New York in half an hour. New York to Boston in 90 minutes. Trains zipping through a tunnel under Long Island Sound. These are all proposals that are under debate as the federal government hosts discussions across the Northeast on the future of passenger rail travel in the region. But for everyone involved,

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Greenwich Train Riders to Get Peace and Quiet

Dec 20th, 2011 | By

As of Monday, Jan. 9, about 18 Metro-North Railroad trains that operate between Grand Central Terminal and New Canaan, Danbury, Waterbury and New Haven, will have quiet cars during select peak times, according to a statement from the railroad. For more on this story, visit: Greenwich Train Riders to Get Peace and Quiet.

Plowing ahead: Metro-North considers winter strategy

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

Improved customer communications and quicker decisions to cut back or suspend service to spare the Metro-North New Haven Line’s aging trains from snow related breakdowns are two strategies that will help keep Connecticut commuters moving during harsh winter conditions this coming winter, Metro-North President Howard Permut said.

Metro-North: Metro-North Buses-For-Trains Swap Hits Bumps

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

Nearly half the fleet of 30- and 40-year-old electric trains on the New Haven line is frozen or damaged by the severe winter.

Governor Malloy Moves to Add Rail Cars to New Haven Line

Feb 5th, 2011 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moved today to add much-needed rail cars to the beleaguered New Haven Line – announcing that buses will be used on the Waterbury Branch commuter rail line beginning Saturday, freeing up two 7-car, diesel-powered trains that can be put into service on the New Haven Line.

Conn. train riders toast bar cars

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

If anyone doubted that Connecticut’s train commuters like their bar cars, a new survey puts that notion to rest. Ninety percent of people who took the survey by the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council want bar car service to continue on Metro-North and 82 percent said they use the cars when their train has one. via

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8 bids received for West Haven rail station

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

WEST HAVEN — The state Department of Transportation has received bids for construction of the Metro-North train station, and is expected to award a contract to the low bidder in September. Assistant City Planner Harry Eberhart confirmed the DOT had recently received eight bids. The lowest was $37.3 million from Manafort Brothers Inc. in Plainville.

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Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

While cycling advocates hope to gain greater space aboard trains, Metro-North Railroad has slowed down plans to endorse a bike-hook design for Connecticut’s new 300-plus car M-8 fleet, officials said. via Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars – Connecticut Post.

Metro-North Considers Buying Double-Decker Cars

Aug 16th, 2010 | By

Metro-North Railroad is seriously considering buying double-decker coaches for its Harlem and Hudson lines, in a move to ease overcrowding on a rail network that routinely runs standing-room-only trains during rush hour. via Metro-North Considers Buying Double-Decker Trains –