The Specifics: MTA and Nemo

By: Georgia Lobb

Here’s a recap of exactly how different MTA stations dealt with Nemo-related issues caused by snow, as documented by the MTA’s Flickr.

New Haven: 

This is a photo chat shows a switch heater at work, which is an apparatus that ensures that trains can move easily and smooth from one track to another.

Majorie Anders of Metro North reports that trains on The New Haven Line are dealing with the snow well. “About half the 50% of the New Haven Line fleet is brand-new M-8 cars, which are functioning very well in the snow.  The oldest cars, the M-2s, also are functioning well because they have been through the Critical System Replacement program, which was intended to extend their useful lives until all 405 M-8 cars on order are delivered,” she said.


Here’s a before and after shot of the snow clearing efforts for the MTA tracks in Bridgeport. It took a snow blower and manual labor to get the snow cleared.




In Waterbury, things got slushy at Ansonia Station. This prevented service from running properly all the way through till Monday morning.

New Canaan:

The New Canaan Advertiser put this picture from MTA in their post, “Your Blizzard Nemo Photos From Around New Canaan.” , which shows snow drifts up to the platform of the New Canaan train station.

Anders noted that although Nemo did impose damage on some Metro North trains, many of the problems are fixable and nothing is going to cost them a fortune.

“Today, for example, there are 12 triplets or 36 cars out of service.  None of the problems are catastrophic.  Most come from electrical shorts cause by snow ingestion. Often times, they dry out on their own and are ready to go back in service,” She said. “We are not going to spend any significant money to repair catastrophic failures on cars that are scheduled for retirement in a couple of months.”