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Commute Times Improve On New Haven Line As Metro-North Finishes Track Work

Repairs are complete on about 6 miles of railroad track in the Bronx, N.Y., used by Metro-North's New Haven Line.
Repairs are complete on about 6 miles of railroad track in the Bronx, N.Y., used by Metro-North's New Haven Line. Photo Credit: Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A major track improvement project in the Bronx, N.Y., was completed last weekend, putting all four tracks in the area back in service for riders on the New Haven Line for the first time since the intensive upgrade began July 1, Metro-North Railroad announced.

Train riders from Fairfield County should see some improvements in travel times through the area, and schedules were adjusted this week to reflect that, Metro-North said. (See story in The Daily Voice here . Six weekday trains were also added on the Danbury branch as part of the schedule adjustment.)

In addition to the return of all four tracks to service in a 6-mile stretch from Woodlawn to Melrose in New York, track speed will be increased by 15 mph to 75 mph on three of the four tracks in the area for the first time in five years.

Since the summer, railroad workers have:

  • Removed 5,381 concrete ties;
  • Installed 6,610 new wood ties;
  • Installed 2,350 tons of new stone ballast;
  • Trenched 6,350 feet of the right-of-way shoulder or shoulder between tracks to improve drainage;
  • Installed new rail on various curves;
  • Welded rail joints and installed new insulated joints;
  • Excavated and removed 4,702 cubic yards of mud created by poor drainage along the tracks; and
  • Removed a significant amount of debris, garbage and graffiti on railroad property.

“This intensive focus on track improvements is critical to the safe and reliable operation of the railroad,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut in a statement. “The complete rebuilding of this section of track is a major milestone in our ongoing effort to improve track conditions systemwide.”

“I want to thank our customers for their patience during the past six months as we expedited this extraordinary and essential track work,” Permut said. “We recognize the impact it has had on the railroad’s ability to provide reliable, on-time service. Metro-North’s goal is always to minimize delays even though track capacity was reduced by up to fifty percent during the recent work. With the completion of this major project, customers should notice improvements in the service.”

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