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Metro-North Warns Riders To Brace For Long Rush-Hour Delays, Cancellations

A crowd of commuters waits for a train at the Stamford Train Station last year.
A crowd of commuters waits for a train at the Stamford Train Station last year. Photo Credit: File

8:30 p.m. update: Metro-North trains are running on or close to schedule by Thursday night.

7 p.m. Update : Metro-North trains are reportedly delayed up to 20 minutes. Some train cancelations, train combinations and possible crowded conditions continued to persist Thursday evening. Eastbound trains have resumed stops at Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich. No direct trains are running to New Canaan from Grand Central Terminal; customers should transfer at Stamford for service to New Canaan.

Original story: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — A bad day for Metro-North riders is about to get even worse as the Thursday afternoon rush hour approaches.

Commuters can expect canceled and combined trains for the Thursday afternoon ride, with Metro-North warning about continued lengthy delays, crowded conditions and station changes for the rest of the day.

Regular service will be offered on the New Haven Line in Connecticut — but there will be changes because of damaged overhead wires in the vicinity of Cos Cob, Metro-North said.

"There will be some train cancellations and combinations, as well as anticipated delays of 30 to 60 minutes and crowded conditions," Metro-North said.

Eastbound trains bound to New Haven will NOT stop at Cos Cob, Riverside or Old Greenwich, Metro-North said. "Customers should take the train to Stamford, where they can switch for westbound service to these stations," Metro-North said.

Direct trains to New Canaan from Grand Central will NOT operate, Metro-North said. Customers should travel to Stamford and transfer there for service to New Canaan.

For the entire afternoon, riders on the New Haven Line have been experiencing delays of 60 to 90 minutes due to wire damage and a train with mechanical difficulties in the vicinity of Cos Cob, Metro-North said. The problems began just before noon Thursday.

Click here for the online Metro-North schedule to check for train changes. Riders who need assistance can also call 511 or 877-690-5114.

Check back with Daily Voice for updates on the Metro-North train situation.

Related story : NTSB: Metro-North Knew Of Bend In Track Before Derailment On New Haven Line In May

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