With trains cleared from the site of a horrendous accident in Fairfield that injured at least 60 Friday night, crews from Metro-North will begin what the railroad is calling a long an “extremely difficult process of restoring the track infrastructure that was damaged by the derailment and collision.” according to a statement from the railroad.
“Our crews will essentially be rebuilding 2,000 feet of damaged track, and overhead wires and signal system,” said Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut. “This amounts to the wholesale reconstruction of a two-track electrified railroad. It will take multiple days of around-the-clock work to do that, and then to inspect, test and requalify the newly rebuilt infrastructure. Unfortunately, service disruptions on this section of the New Haven Line are expected to continue well into the coming week.”
Police and town officials in Fairfield and other affected towns on the New Haven line are asking commuters to have patience, to expect heavy volume on highways (especially I-95 and the Merritt Parkway), and to make alternate travel arrangements or even stay home if possible.
Each day, approximately 30,000 Metro-North customers use the stations where service has been curtailed. About 125,000 use the New Haven Line as a whole, and its three branches.
The Department of Transportaiton and Metro-North Railroad announced place for service effective Monday, May 20, and continuing until further notice. Click here for details. Updates on service will be posted at mta.info. Commuters may sign up for free email or text message updates on that website, as well.
Information also can be obtained by dialing 511 and saying “Metro-North.” The Travel Information Center will be fully staffed, and there will also be a taped message describing current service conditions. However, the volume of calls at the Travel Information Center is expected to dramatically increase during an emergency, and callers may experience delays getting through.
Announcements will be made at stations.