MTA: The Metro-North New Haven Line is Out of Commission Until Further Notice
Turns out those wires running above train tracks are really, really important. The Con Edison feeder that supplies power to the overhead wire on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line went dark yesterday, shutting down the entire train service. Until further notice, the MTA advises that anyone who needs to the Metro North line to get anywhere will have to wait for a replacement power feeder for full line service to restored. Until then, commuters will have available an extremely convoluted but best-we-can-do workaround for a rail service that saw 38.8 million in yearly ridership in 2012. More details after the jump.
All New Haven line tickets will still be honored on the Metro-North Harlem line, but the best the MTA can suggest is that affected riders stay home until the overhead wire comes back online.
To keep up with the impending passenger backlog, the MTA as come up with an elaborate patchwork scheme of busses and commuter trains to get riders where they need to go.
Still, the backup train and bus routes can only accommodate 33 percent of the passenger load of the full New Haven Line service, according to a statement from the MTA. See below for the entire service advisory.
AM Peak Service
To Grand Central:
From New Haven to Stamford train service will be provided every 20-30 minutes and will connect with:
- Limited diesel train service from Stamford operating directly to Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
- Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Stamford through Rye Stations; connecting with express bus service to White Plains Station for Harlem Line train service to Grand Central
From Harrison to Grand Central Terminal service will be provided as follows:
- Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Harrison through New Rochelle Stations and operating directly to Fordham, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
- Bus Service from Pelham and Mount Vernon East to Mount Vernon West for Harlem Line train service
From Grand Central:
- Limited diesel train service will be provided every 30-40 minutes from GCT and making all local stops to Stamford; with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
To Grand Central:
Hourly shuttle service between New Haven (departing every 45 minutes after the hour) and Stamford with local train service operating every half hour between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.
From Grand Central:
Train service operating every half hour (:04 and :34 after the hour) out of Grand Central making all local stops to Stamford with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
PM Peak Service
From Grand Central to Stamford/New Haven:
- Limited service from Grand Central direct to Stamford with connections to New Haven provided every 20-30 minutes.
- Harlem Line Service to White Plains Station with express bus service to Rye Station for local train service between Rye and Stamford operating every 20-30 minutes
From Grand Central to Harrison:
- Limited train service from Grand Central to New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison Stations
- Harlem Line train service to Mount Vernon West for Bus Service to Pelham and Mount Vernon East Stations
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