Positive Train Control to Meet Dec 31 Deadline on Metro-North’s Connecticut Tracks

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that every passenger rail line in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed on their systems by Dec. 31, 2018. — an announcement from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office, followed by an announcement by the Commuter Action Group, reacting to the announcement. That fulfilling a recently enacted requirement by the Federal Railroad Administration for every passenger rail line in the country to implement the safety measure by the end of the year. [Metro-North rail lines in New York state have received approval for a postponement of PTC on rail lines in that state until 2020, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.]

PTC is a system designed to stop a train automatically before an accident occurs, including preventing train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive train speed, movement of a train onto sections of track where maintenance work is taking place, and incidents when a track switch has been left in the wrong position.

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Was Your Commute Delayed Thursday Morning? Metro-North Says Here’s Why

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An announcement from Metro-North:

To Our Harlem and New Haven Line Customers:

The delays you experienced this morning were the result of two trains becoming disabled at two separate locations._________

— an announcement from Metro-North


A Harlem Line train became disabled in the vicinity of Mount Vernon West at approximately 7:30 a.m. At roughly the same time a Connecticut Department of Transportation Shore Line East train became disabled at Stamford. The disabled trains blocked one of four tracks in both areas, greatly reducing our operating capacity and creating congestion between Woodlawn — where the Harlem and New Haven Lines converge — and Grand Central Terminal. Crews were able to clear the disabled trains quickly, but residual delays were incurred in both directions for the remainder of the morning rush hour. We regret any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of these incidents. ___________

Editor’s note: This announcement, also posted on the Metro-North website, was emailed at 2:47 p.m., Thursday.

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Metro-North Issues New Timetables for New Haven Line Starting Oct 4

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Part of an announcement from Metro-North (parts of the announcement not relating to the New Haven line have been removed here, for the full announcement, see this Metro-North Web page):

New timetables are coming to Metro-North’s New Haven Line […] on Sunday, October 4 […]

On the New Haven Line, Metro-North is creating a better morning rush hour connection to Greenwich for Shore Line East customers. […] Customers […] should look for other, minor scheduling changes. Metro-North is making it easier for Shore Line East commuters to reach Greenwich. Commuters who ride Shore Line East’s 5:50 a.m. departure from New London, Conn., making all stops to West Haven, then Bridgeport, then arriving at Stamford at 8:03 a.m., will now be able to change at Stamford for an 8:14 a.m. train to Greenwich. The connecting train previously originated in New Canaan at 7:58 a.m. and ran express after Stamford.

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Labor Day Weekend: More Trains Leave NYC Early in Afternoon, Fewer at Night

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A Metro-North announcement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

MTA Metro-North Railroad doesn’t want you to work hard to celebrate Labor Day! Metro-North has plenty of train service to get you where you need to go for the entire holiday weekend starting Friday, September 4, and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. On Friday, Sept. 4, Metro-North will offer 17 early-afternoon “getaway” trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 12:58 p.m. and 4:11 p.m., and one extra departure from Hoboken on the Port Jervis Line, with connecting service from Penn Station-NY.