Benjamin Carroll

‘Mudslide’ Knocks Out Metro-North Branch for More Than 12 Hours — And Counting

The Danbury line remained suspended as of early afternoon, and service on the New Canaan branch, which had been suspended all day, was set to resume at 4:45 p.m.

The vicious, wind-driven storm that toppled trees, flooded much of the region and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people across the tri-state area has moved out, but transit headaches have been lingering for hours.

Metro-North’s Danbury line remained suspended Monday afternoon, more than 12 hours after a "massive woodpile from an embankment" gave way along the branch near Wilton. Buses were being provided and tickets cross-honored on the Harlem line, but there was no estimate as to when rail service would be back. 

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The New Canaan branch, which was shut down around 5 a.m. because of a "tree fouling overhead wires," was set to resume with the 4:45 p.m. train out of Stamford, making all local stops to New Canaan. Other problems that had affected early service on the New Haven line appeared to have cleared up.

City subway service was also affected by the weather; a tree fell across the tracks at Cortelyou Road, causing a brief suspension of the entire B line in both directions at the height of the morning commute. Later, signal problems at 59th Street affected the N, Q, R and W lines, and that persisted through early afternoon. Separately, an investigation at West Fourth Street caused new headaches around 3 p.m., with the MTA warning of service changes on the F, G and E lines, and no M trains between Delancey Street and Forest Hills. 

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