In continuing with a difficult year, Metro North experienced another problem that has effected service along the New Haven line corridor. The MTA reported that a fire destroyed a remote switch control station in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich over the weekend. The switch station manages the switches of all four tracks in the Stamford to Port Chester, New York section of Metro North track. As of right now, only 2 of the 4 tracks are functional.
During regular peak commuting hours, usually three to four tracks are used. This stretch of track runs for 9 miles and repairing the damaged switch station is a complicated and ongoing process, creating a bottle neck on the Connecticut and New York border. Delays are expected to be at least 10 to 15 minutes long, and could take longer during peak hours when more trains are in operation.
Metro North has reported that there are no safety concerns with the reduced service, and a timetable is being developed to project how long the restoration of the switch station and access to all four tracks will resume. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.