MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Shore Line East commuter train service has been suspended at the Madison station, officials said, the latest in a series of troubles and delays this morning.
“Train service has been suspended from Madison indefinitely, Passengers can board at Clinton or Guilford,” the railroad said in an alert on Twitter 9:29 a.m. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
The trouble for Shore Line East started early, with the first trains that leave Old Saybrook for New Haven delayed by up to 35 minutes.
A Tweet from the railroad at 5:58 said said “*Train # 1627 is experiencing delays of 25-35 minutes in service due to track problems. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
An hour later, train #1637 was also delayed up to a half-hour.
Then around 8:20, the railroad said train #1641 would be canceled, and the next train,#1645, would be delayed up to 40 minutes.
We don’t know the specific cause of the problem, or when it will be fixed.
UPDATE: The following was posted on Shore Line East’s Facebook page in response to a rider who complained about the problems:
“Unfortunately, We had an Amtrak Aecela train break down in Madison which left only 2 tracks for all the remaining trains to get by.
“Additional switch difficulties complicated things even more. We have word the Aecela is being moved now and things should normalize within 15 minutes.
“Buses can be used, but only as a last resort as getting them into place can take hours.
“We want to pass on the most accurate information possible but sometimes, it does take time to assess the situation and plan next steps when there are other train lines sharing the same tracks.
“Please accept our apologies.”