More train trouble on Metro-North

Sign at Fairfield Metro train station shows a delay for Metro-North commuter trains, Jan. 24, 2014. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)
Sign at Fairfield Metro train station shows a delay for Metro-North commuter trains, Jan. 24, 2014. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was another frustrating commute for folks taking Metro-North this morning. The rails were shut down for two hours on all three lines last night.

Five to ten minutes late means a longer wait, in single digit temperatures.

“It’s a long time to be standing out here,” one man said.

“I’m not too hopeful, I just want to get to work on time,” another commuter said.

“Terrible, it’s terrible,” said Wes Greenop.

Here’s the timeline of the twisted timetables:

  • Wednesday night in Westport, a train was stuck on the rails when cold weather brought down power lines.
  • Commuters did not have power or heat for about two hours.
  • Last night, they had heat, but it was another massive delay. When rails between New Haven and Grand Central were shutdown for hours.

“We pulled into Rowayton and the conductor said there was a computer shutdown in Grand Central,” Greenop said. “So we stopped and they weren’t sure when the trains were going to start up again.”

His spouse jumped in the car.

“An hour wait, my wife had to come rescue me,” Greenop said laughing.

Despite the delays, many commuters News 8 spoke to say they won’t brave the roads.

“Like you’re held hostage, all you want to do is get to work and you have to sit and wait if there’s delays,” Greenop said.

“If you’re out here three years and you’re out here 1,000 times and one time you get stuck to me that seems like a pretty reasonable bargain. So I’m not so angry,” said Dan Satlow.

A Metro-North spokesperson says the extremely cold weather can slow down their trains, they ask commuters to listen to announcements at the stations, and apologized for the inconvenience.

However, the apology doesn’t calm some commuters fears.

“With the trains being unreliable at night, that’s scary to me,” Carolyn Shea said.

Uneasy  about her commute home, before her work day even begins.

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