Wire damage halts Metro-North traffic

From the MTA: "Crews repairing catenary wire damage near Cos Cob which caused delays on New Haven line Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo: MTA Metro-North"

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Metro-North commuter train service was halted on the New Haven Line for more than an hour Friday because of wire damage caused by a contractor.

In a statement, Metro-North says the outage happened around 6:00 a.m. when “a contractor at Cos Cob who was loading railroad ties with a crane knocked down the overheard wire that powers New Haven Line trains.”

Train service was suspended between Stamford and Harrison, New York, due to the catenary wire damage. During the delay, trains continued to run back and forth between New Haven and Stamford, and between Grand Central and Harrison.

LINK: Metro-North New Haven Catenary Replacement Project Update (May 6)

'Confusion reigns in Stamford," says Wayne Travers. "Passengers just waiting to see what happens next." (WTNH Report It / Wayne Travers)
‘Confusion reigns in Stamford,” says Wayne Travers. “Passengers just waiting to see what happens next.” (WTNH Report It / Wayne Travers)

A Report It picture from Wayne illustrated what he called the confusion in Stamford. “Passengers just waiting to see what happens next,” he told News 8.

This latest incident is another problem the railroad has had to deal with this month. As the rail line launched a new schedule designd to improve service, a fire at a switching station in Cos Cob knocked out the ability to switch trains to different tracks, leading to delays of up to 10 minutes.

This also comes a day after Metro-North released a plan to improve safety for commuters. That plan includes some speed restrictions, and installation of systems that could stop trains before they crash. The president of Metro-North, Joseph Giulietti, was scheduled to be at a news conference in New Haven today to discuss those changes.

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