Metro-North promises regular service by April

In a report delivered Tuesday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Metro-North promised a return to normal weekday service on the New Haven line by April, nearly a year after a derailment near Bridgeport. The report was issued in response to a demand by Malloy in December for the commuter railroad’s response to a number of incidents, including the fatal derailment in New York.

“I want to thank the MTA and Metro-North Railroad for their response to our request.  Our mutual goal is the same – a ‘best in class’ railroad with a commitment to a culture of safety, and I believe we are making strides toward that goal,” Malloy said. “I am anxious to return to normal service for the thousands of commuters that use this service on a daily basis, and hope the MTA will beat their April deadline.”

Metro-North committed in the report to monthly reporting on track, signal, equipment and other inspections.

The railroad, which is the nation’s busiest commuter rail service, has been operating under slow orders since the derailment in May, lengthening trips from New Haven into New York.

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