Amtrak Could Be Suspended For Days As Rail Replacement Begins [VIDEO]
Traveling by train through Connecticut looks to be a nightmare this coming week as Metro-North says they have to rebuild 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals damaged in a derailment and crash on Friday in Bridgeport.
Amtrak says service between New York and New Haven will remain suspended through Monday as the clean up and investigation continue but it looks like that suspension will remain in effect for the next few days. Limited service is available between New Haven and Boston. Service is also affected on Metro-North.
Metro-North President Howard Permut said Sunday that the two-track electrified railroad must be rebuilt. Crews will work around the clock for several days to make repairs and ensure that newly rebuilt infrastructure operates properly.
A member of the National Transportation and Safety Board says that a fractured section of rail is of substantial interest to investigators and a portion of the track will be sent to a lab for analysis. Officials also said Saturday the incident was not the result of foul play.
The crash of the two Metro-North trains damaged the tracks, snarling travel in the Northeast. The crash caused Amtrak to suspend service between New York and Boston.
Connecticut’s governor says commuters should make plans for alternative travel through the area.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.