Metro-North's New Haven Line to expand limited service Tuesday

A Metro-North train leaves the Rye train station,

A Metro-North train leaves the Rye train station, heading north toward Stamford. (Oct. 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

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Metro-North's New Haven Line, which was shut down by as much as 3 feet of snow during the weekend blizzard, will offer expanded service Tuesday, with 75 percent of the normally scheduled trains running between New Haven and Grand Central during the morning rush, officials said.

Stations farther south on the line will fare better, with 95 percent of the service being restored Tuesday morning between South Norwalk and Grand Central as well as between Stamford and Manhattan, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Officials said regular off-peak service will be available on all its lines.

Metro-North warned that New Haven Line trains likely will be crowded and that customers should expect cancellations. The New Haven Line makes eight stops in Westchester County: Port Chester, Rye, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham and Mount Vernon East.

On Monday, only 50 percent of the service had been restored between New Haven and Stamford.

The railroad shut down all three of its lines as the snowstorm intensified over the region Friday night. But as of Saturday night, the Hudson Line was running on schedule. The Harlem Line did likewise Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Metro-North crews are continuing to dig out their Connecticut rail yards from under all the snow that winter storm Nemo dumped.

Throughout the weekend and into Monday, crews were removing deep snow that had accumulated in rail yards in New Haven and Bridgeport, MTA officials said. Dozens of New York City Transit workers boarded a diesel train and headed up to Connecticut to help with the chore.

Deep snow that gathered on the roofs of several trains had to be cleared so that the mechanical arms that capture electricity from overhead wires could work. In addition, mammoth snowblowers equipped with jet engines were at work moving snow out of the path of trains, according to the MTA.

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