Holiday schedule for rails, road work

Metro-North train. (File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Roads are expected to be busy and some extra Metro-North trains will be available as the Labor Day weekend travel begins in earnest today.

AAA expects more people will be out on the highways this year than in the past six years. They estimate almost 1.8 million people from Connecticut and the rest of New England will travel this weekend.

For drivers going through the New Haven area where the bridge construction work is going on, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced all construction work will be suspended for the weekend.

The DOT is also getting the word out about the dangers of speeding, especially on rural or back roads in Connecticut. They say 70 percent of all speeding related crashes occur on rural roads.

On the highways, Connecticut state police will be out looking for speeders, drunk drivers, and anyone driving unsafe.

When it comes to the trains, Metro-North will have 17 early-afternoon “getaway” trains leaving Grand Central Terminal between 1:38 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. For travelers in New Haven there will be two extra westbound trains leaving Union Station at 4:01 p.m. and 5:02 p.m. To provide these trains, other trains won’t run, so check the schedule.

On Monday, Shore Line East will operate on a weekend schedule, and Metro-North will be on a Sunday schedule with the following addition:

“On the New Haven Line, Metro-North will operate a special train departing New Haven at 7:40 p.m. making stops at West Haven, Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield, Westport, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal. A special train will depart Grand Central at 11:13 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, and New Haven.”

Also on Monday, the Port Jefferson Ferry will be on a Friday sailing schedule.

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