NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As commuters rode the final leg from New York City into New Haven, most of the passenger cars were empty, but it didn’t start out that way. Many trains were canceled after a fire underneath the railroad tracks in East Harlem had officials worried about safety.
With that much heat that close to the rails, Metro-North decided to play it safe and only run one train over those tracks at a time, which caused all kinds of delays, back ups, and uncertainty for commuters. Rich Tolic was trying to get home to West Haven from Grand Central.
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“It was a little confusing because in Grand Central, they didn’t tell you what was going on, so you had to stand by the monitors waiting to see what train it was and then run for it,” said Tolic.
So, what are your alternatives? We checked with taxis; they range from $175-$200 each way, and Uber was not much better. And buses don’t run as often or to as many destinations where commuters needed to go, so many have just said it’s not worth the trip. Tolic says his boss told him not to bother to even come in.
“My boss completely understands that I’m only going to be working from home the rest of the week. So, she was completely understanding,” said Tolic.
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Most commuters were understanding as they passed by the burnt and warped steal on the way into the city. And when Tolic saw the actual flames on the news, he was concerned about that section of track as they crossed it.
“I was happy to hear that they were doing one train at a time, so that way there were no further problems. But obviously how long is it going to take for them to fix the infrastructure? Probably not in a day,” said Tolic.
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Most of the people we talk to say yes they understand there was a fire. They get it. And they say they may be understanding again tomorrow. But by Monday or Tuesday of next week, patience may run a little thin.
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