Mass transit gearing up to help travelers in the storms

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Today, Metro North, CT Transit, and Amtrak were running pretty much on schedule. But, with snow and wind headed this way, authorities with all of the transit companies expect that could change tomorrow.

In anticipation of travel issues, many people decided to move up their plans, and head to their destinations a day early.

Marie Cantino was taking the train from Hartford to New Jersey to visit her mother.

“I was supposed to go tomorrow, but I just looked at the weather and said I didn’t want to deal with all that snow, so I decided to change my train to today,” said Cantino.

Olivia Siegel was traveling from Vermont to Baltimore, but has changed her plans slightly to avoid the worst of the weather.

“I’m going from here to Penn Station and then from there I’m going to Long Island,” said Siegel. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to lose power so I’m just gonna try and stay at my friend’s house as long as possible.”

Officials with Metro North say they don’t think this storm will hit them too hard. But, for people traveling by bus, it could be a different story.

“I would expect as the day goes on travel gets a little worse and so bus schedules will probably fall by the wayside and we’ll just try to get people where they need to go as best we can,” said Philip Fry, Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Planning with CT Transit.

CT Transit operates dozens of routes across the state. Their biggest concerns are with routes in towns and cities from Stamford to New Haven.

“There’s many ways that the bus may be held up and you do your best to keep moving and get people where they need to go,” said Fry.

CT Transit says they’re calling in extra supervisors, drivers, and maintenance personnel just in case. They say passengers should rest assured their drivers are trained to handle the snow.

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