2 new Waterbury trains boost Metro-North Rail ridership

Metro-North train. (File)

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The addition of two late-night weekend trains on the Waterbury branch of Metro-North Railroad has increased weekend ridership more than the commuter rail line expected.

Two new trains have been running since Nov. 9. One leaves Waterbury at 10:10 p.m. and the other departs Bridgeport at 11:41 p.m.

The Republican-American reports the total number of riders is about 160 on the additional trains during an average weekend, or 30 more than what Metro-North initially projected.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says Metro-North expects ridership to continue growing as commuters learn of the extended hours.

The Waterbury line is one of three Metro-North branches in Connecticut that connects to the New Haven Line. The single-track railroad runs from Bridgeport to Waterbury and stops in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Stratford.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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