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Metro North, Amtrak, Resume Limited Service; One Damaged Track Repaired

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A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Four days after a train derailment and collision cut off service on the Metro-North tracks near the Fairfield train station,  both Metro North and Amtrak say limited service is resuming Tuesday afternoon.  Full service hadn’t been expected until Wednesday morning,   but the state Department of Transportation says one of the two damaged tracks has been rebuilt and is returning to service, beginning with the 3:07 Metro North train leaving Grand Central and the 4:23 p.m. train leaving New Hven.

DOT says,  after those trains,  about half the regular eastbound afternoon peak service will operate,   abd hourly westbound service will operate,   and regular service between Grand Central and South Norwalk will continue in both directions.

DOT Commissioner James Redeker called it “a significant step.”

Amtrak says its regularly scheduled operations will begin with the Acela Express train # 2171 leaving Boston at 3:15 and the Acela Express 2166 leaving New York at 4 p.m.

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