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Connecticut Metro North Service May Be Limited on Monday

February 09, 2013

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Photographer: Bettina Hansen/Getty Images, Pool

Metro-North Railroad service in Connecticut may be limited on Feb. 11, Governor Dannel Malloy said, after parts of the New Haven line were buried under as much as 36 inches (0.9 meter) of snow.

“Metro-North has restarted very, very limited service,” Malloy said today in a news briefing. “I’m giving everyone an early warning that we do not believe that Metro-North will be in a position to establish regular commutation on Monday.”

Across New England, people were digging out from a blizzard that stalled travel from New Jersey to Maine, while sparing New York City from much disruption.

Malloy lifted a travel ban in Connecticut at 4 p.m., though he urged residents to stay off roads that are “not as safe as we’d like them to be.” Metro-North commuters needing to be in New York City on Feb. 11 “might want to move yourself there sooner by car,” the governor said.

New York’s portion of Metro-North resumed service on some lines after 11 a.m., according to a statement on the system’s website. Metro North is operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the biggest U.S. mass-transit system.

Service on the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road was limited to and from Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma Branch, and to and from Huntington, Babylon and Port Washington due to snow and ice on the third rail. Hourly shuttles were running between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica. Service on all other branches was suspended, according to the railroad.

Amtrak Service

Amtrak said limited service between Boston and New York, which was halted during the storm, will resume tomorrow. Trains between New York and Albany will operate on a normal Sunday schedule.

Amtrak service from New Haven, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, remained canceled.

In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said its goal was to restore commuter service on Feb. 11.

New Jersey Transit restored northern and central New Jersey bus service at 8 a.m., but some train service remained halted.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Chappatta in New York at bchappatta1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net


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