Fairfield prepares for a commute without trains

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging all who can to avoid rush hour Monday, May 20, as Southwestern Connecticut residents try to get to and from work around a major rail disruption.

Metro-North trains will not run from Bridgeport to Westport as crews work to rebuild tracks damaged when two trains collided at the Bridgeport-Fairfield border Friday, May 17.

“If at all possible, avoid the mess altogether and work from home or go in later, if you can,” Malloy said.

Buses will pick up passengers at the Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield and Westport stations, Metro-North reported Sunday.

However, “Metro North has stated they do not have the buses to handle 20,000 passengers that commute on this section of the line,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau tweeted Sunday.

The New Haven Line is the busiest commuter rail line in the nation. Each day, approximately 30,000 Metro-North customers use the stations where service has been curtailed. About 125,000 use the New Haven Line as a whole, and its three branches.

There will be no service – no buses or trains – to or from the Southport and Greens Farms stations until further notice.

“Southport commuters need to find an alternate way to work,” Tetreau said in a tweet.

Commuters with Southport passes may use them to park at the Fairfield station Monday, Police Chief Gary MacNamara said in reply to a question via twitter from RTM member Michael D. Herley Sunday.

MacNamara said extra police will be present at Fairfield stations Monday.

Click here for the full plan from Metro-North and the DOT.

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