Metro North service snarled again with new Norwalk bridge problem

UPDATED 4:15 P.M. — The Walk Bridge in Norwalk is stuck open, and Metro-North reports that trains cannot run in either direction between South Norwalk and East Norwalk as of 3:30 p.m.

Alternate transportation is being sought by the railroad, according to twitter. Buses are being used to provide rides to passengers as service remains suspended. While this does not directly impact most Greenwich commuters it is yet another issue for Metro North as it has dealt with problems caused by infrastructure amongst many other challenges in recent months. Train service in and out of Grand Central Station to Stamford, which most Greenwich commuters use, is not being impacted by this.

Repairs are expected to take several hours, according to Metro-North. A press release was sent out Friday afternoon by Metro North stating that service is likely to be suspended through the rush hour on Friday since technicians have been unable to fully close the bridge, which swings open to allow marine traffic to pass. The bridge was first built in 1896 and is slated for repairs.

The MTA Bus Company is set to provide 24 buses from Bronx. N.Y. to shuttle customers between South Norwalk and East Norwalk. Trains will run in two sections, between Grand Central Terminal and South Norwalk, and between East Norwalk and New Haven.

Details will be posted as they become available. This is the second time in recent weeks that issues with the bridge have caused major headaches for travelers.

“Metro-North apologizes for the inconvenience and is working to restore full train service as quickly as possible,” Metro North said in a press release.  “Mechanics from Metro-North’s signals, track, structures, and overhead wire units are on scene to identify and fix the problem as quickly and safely as possible.”

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