Limited Metro-North, Amtrak Service Resumes Tuesday Following Derailment

Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:36 PM EDT
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The MTA says limited, slower Metro-North and Amtrak train service is resuming Tuesday between New York and New Haven, four days after a derailment in Connecticut injured 72 passengers.
 
Officials say one of the two tracks damaged during the derailment, which caused two trains to collide, has been rebuilt and returned to service for Metro-North and Amtrak.

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Limited Metro-North service will resume at 3:07 p.m. from Grand Central Terminal. Metro-North will provide about half the normal eastbound p.m. peak service. Westbound service is to begin at 4:23 p.m. from New Haven.
 
The operation requires a reduced speed of 30 mph, which officials say is standard for new track installations. Trains will use a single track for seven miles around Bridgeport, causing delays.

Full service is expected to resume Wednesday morning.

For the latest changes and updates to Metro-North because of the crash, go here

Regularly scheduled operations on Amtrak will start with the departure of Acela Express train 2171, leaving Boston at 3:15 p.m. and the Acela Express train 2166 departing New York at 4 p.m.

“Amtrak applauds the tireless efforts of Metro-North Railroad to quickly repair the tracks and other pieces of critical infrastructure, providing a vital transportation service to the region,” Amtrak said in a statement.

Work has been going on around the clock since Saturday night, when the National Transportation Safety Board completed its initial investigation of the scene and allowed Metro-North to begin removing the two 8-car trains that collided, according to the MTA.

"We are confident that the reconstruction work, inspection and testing will be completed in time for a normal rush hour on Wednesday," said Howard Permut, president of Metro-North.  "We are grateful for the tireless work of all departments and employees engaged in this huge task."

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