Sunday, May 19, 2013
Clearing the Tracks
Workers clear the rails today at the Bridgeport site of the derailment and train collision. Officials said by late today, all train cars involved had been removed. Metro-North officials said service disruptions will continue well into this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) MTA photo
Westport Police Detail Monday Traffic Plans
UPDATE The Westport Police Department said today with Metro-North running limited service Monday from Saugatuck—and none from Green’s Farms—commuters from Westport should expect riders from points east to take buses to Westport for trains to Grand Central Terminal.
“This will have a significant impact on the Saugatuck station,” a statement said. “Additional police personnel will be on duty.”
“At this time, Metro North estimates that they will be running at about 75 percent capacity from Westport,” the statement said.
“All bus drop-offs and pick-ups will be on Railroad Place.”
State DOT Outlines Monday Transportation Plan
The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced a Connecticut commuter service plan in effect for Monday and until further notice on the New Haven Line that includes limited service from Westport to Grand Central Terminal.
The service plan requires buses in some locations, it said.
For the morniing peak period, the plan calls for a local service between Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield and Westport Stations (no bus service from Green’s Farms and Southport Stations) with limited train service from Westport Station.
There will be regular train service from South Norwalk Station to Grand Central Terminal.
Bobby Needs A Family
Bobby. Westport Animal Control
Metro-North Service from Westport on Monday
UPDATE Metro-North train service will extend to Westport on Monday on a limited basis, the state Department of Transportaton said today as state and local officials braced for a transportation crush due to the New Haven Line service outage.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a televised address at 6 p.m., urged residents not to travel if at all possible and once in New York, if that is their destination, to consider overnighting there. He said rainy weather will add to the travel woes.
“If at all possible, avoid the mess altogether and work from home or go in later, if you can,” he said. “The delays will not be limited to mass transit—as more people get behind the wheel, traffic on our highways will be worse.”
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said that police were preparing for extra traffic around the Sauagatuck area, especially incoming buses from other stations He said commuters in any case should plan on a delayed commute.
Jumping the Curb
Malloy to Give Transit Update at 6 p.m.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy returned to the Bridgeport train derailment site today to get an update on progress clearing the tracks. He scheduled a 6 p.m. statement from the State Armory in Hartford to give a rail update and outline plans for alternate transporation for New Haven Line riders. Contributed photo
Mason is Charming
Mason. Westport Animal Control
Working Out Before 5K Kidney Foundation Walk
Participants wokred out at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today before the inaugural 5K walk to raise funds for the National KIdney Foundation and raise awareness of the risks of kidney disease. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, May 19, 2013
10:15 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - National Kidney Foundation’s Fairfield County Kidney Walk (walk begins 11:15 a.m.)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - JoyRide Cycling Studio (1200 Post Road East) - Second Annual Kickin’ Cancer! Ride & Family Fun Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music: RAVE ON!
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects: “Busman’s Honeymoon” & “The Attenbury Emeralds”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Dining Room” (last day)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Honored at Ball
Nancy Gault of Westport, president of the board of the Westport Arts Center, presents William Felton of Weston, first vice president, with an award at tonight’s Art Noir Ball 2013 at the Steel Shed in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday Night Art Fever
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center Art Noir Ball 2013 at the Steel Shed, South Norwalk. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Fracture in Track Found, Shuttle Service in Works
Investigators said late today that they found a fracture in a section of the eastbound track, where Friday night’s Metro-North derailment in Bridgeport apparently began.
An injured passenger is lifted off one of the trains moments after the crash. Photo from YouTube.com
But the investigators are unsure whether the fracture happened before the derailment or as a result of it.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Earl Weener said the broken rail is of substantial interest to investigators and a portion of the track will be sent to a lab for analysis. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation made a preliminary assessment of the crash and “decided no foul play” was involved.
Meanwhile, Metro-North train service between New Haven and South Norwalk is indefinitely suspended, as is all Amtrak service between New York and New Haven. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said full service may not be restored until “well into next week.”
MTA Update: No Full Service Likely ‘Well Into Next Week’
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) tonight issued the following update on the Bridgeport train collision:
Passengers help each other off one of the trains moments after the derailment and crash. Photo from YouTube.com
“MTA Interim Executive Director Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Howard Permut today again visited the scene of Friday’s evening’s derailment and subsequent sideswipe in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
“The National Transportation Safety Board, with the full support and assistance of Metro-North Railroad, the MTA Police Department, Federal Railroad Administration, Connecticut DOT, and Bridgeport Police, is conducting an exhaustive investigation that will determine the cause of the incident.
“The thoughts of entire MTA family are with those injured in this incident and their loved ones. We thank the first responders who assisted with safely removing the passengers from the trains and transporting those who were injured to area hospitals.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport