STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Metro-North and Connecticut transportation officials plan to cut rail service if extreme winter weather requires measures to protect rail cars.

Connecticut Hearst Newspapers report ( ) that draft plan calls for Metro-North to more quickly reduce or suspend service during blizzard-like conditions and improve communications about service changes.

Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, says officials are learning from last year when back-to-back snow and ice storms plagued the New Haven Line.

He said new railcars that are less sensitive to weather also should help improve reliability. But he says the fleet is still dominated by older cars.

Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan also says the railroad will suspend work revamping overhead wires, closing one rather than two tracks during the winter between Southport and Bridgeport.

Information from: The Advocate,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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