Amtrak and Metro-North to Resume Full Service in Northeast Corridor on Wednesday

By Paul Riegler on 20 May 2013
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Amtrak said it plans to resume regularly scheduled rail service between New York and Boston on Wednesday.  Service was suspended following a derailment involving Metro-North Railroad trains near Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 17.

Metro-North officials also announced plans to resume full commuter rail service in the affected areas on Wednesday.   Until then, the shuttle train/bus service that the railroad is operating will continue to be offered and can be used by Amtrak passengers as well.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy had nothing but praise for the railroad’s ability to do “something that we did not think could be accomplished.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the Metro North service, reported a ridership decrease of roughly 20% Monday morning on the partially-operating New Haven Line, although it also said there had been a 6% increase on the Harlem Line, indicating that some commuters had taken a different route to avoid the delays.

The accident on Friday, which involved two Metro-North trains, injured over 70 people and created delays throughout the Northeast Corridor.

No substantial increase in traffic was reported at the area’s airports, where Amtrak competes with shuttles operated by Delta and US Airways.

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