More Delays For Metro-North Commuters

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By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY

cdempsey@courant.com

Metro-North expects continued delays of 5-10 minutes Wednesday on its New Haven line because of a weekend fire.

The fire Saturday destroyed a switching control house near the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, the railroad said in an emailed alert. The control structure is “critical,” it said, and the loss limits the railroad to two of four tracks through a nine-mile area during rush-hour.

The switching control house allows trains to switch between all four tracks, Metro-North said. Without use of the control center, trains are limited to two tracks in the westbound direction and two tracks in the eastbound direction between Port Chester, N.Y., and Stamford.

During peak periods, trains normally use three of the New Haven Line’s four tracks to travel. Limiting the tracks creates a bottleneck that will result in congestion and delays, the railroad said.

“Crews are currently working around the clock to make repairs,” the email said.

Commuters are asked to see http://bit.ly/1nDxEqt for more details.

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