MTA Commuters Crowd Larchmont Station

This was the MTA’s official statement regarding the delays during Wednesday morning’s rush hour commute to Manhattan:

“Two disabled trains on the New Haven Line added to the morning’s delays: an Amtrak train stalled in the vicinity of Fairfield at approximately 7:40 AM, taking one of two available tracks out of service (two of four tracks in the area are out of service to accommodate catenary work); and a train became disabled at Larchmont at 8:09 AM, resulting in delays to inbound service on the lower portion of the line.” The first train to NYC actually arrived at approximately 9:15 a.m. (I had been waiting for the 8:21) They made us all go to the other side of the tracks because of the broken-down train. If you look closely at the attached photo, you will see the masses of people on the Chatsworth Avenue bridge and the silhouettes of hundreds of commuters waiting on the platform for the train. I was one of the lucky ones to board that first train! –Dee van Eyck

Metro-North Cuts Peak Trains 10%

The MTA is cutting Metro-North railroad New Haven line commuter trains by 10% to a “Reduced Winter Schedule” February 7 to March 4.  In addition, Saturday trains will run on a Sunday schedule, cutting those runs by about half, starting Feb. 5. On a notice left on train seats Thursday, MNR President Howard Permut writes about what commuters already know: “The extreme winter weather’s repeated pummeling of the region has had a devastating impact on our New Haven line….The situation is dire. on a daily basis, there are close to 150 (40%) cars out of service on the New Haven line.” It’s a PR nightmare following closely on the heels of  the open door video.