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End to Daylight Savings Time Brings Free Batteries, Changes in Rail Service

End to Daylight Savings Time Brings Free Batteries, Changes in Rail Service
This weekends end of daylight savings time not only means an extra hour of sleep, but free batteries for your smoke detectors from the Westport Fire Department and increased rail service from Metro-North.

The departmentҒs change your clock, change your batteriesӔ campaign is aimed at reminding Westporters to make sure the batteries in their smoke detectors are operable, according to Fire Marshal Fred S. Baker.

Beginning Saturday, the department will offer free 9-volt replacement batteries to Westporters bringing their old batteries to fire headquarters, 515 Post Road East. There is a limit of three batteries per household.

Those needing assistance in changing their smoke detector batteries can request department help by calling 341-5010.

The free batteries are provided courtesy of the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Firefighters Golf Tournament, according to Baker.

As Westporters set their clocks back at 2 a.m. Sunday, they will also wake up to a revised Metro-North train schedule. It adds a new early morning express train beginning Monday that departs Westport at 5:04 a.m. and arrives at Grand Central Terminal at 6:04 a.m.

To reduce a one-hour-and-10-minute service gap to outer New Haven Line stations in the evening, a new express train will depart Grand Central at 9:37 p.m. with a stop in Westport at 10:37 p.m.

On weekends, the 6:40 a.m. local train operating out of Grand Central on Saturdays and Sundays will now be split into two trains, saving customers who travel east of Old Greenwich up to 26 minutes of travel time. A new 7:07 a.m. express from Grand Central will arrive in Westport at 8:13 a.m. and Green’s Farms at 8:17 a.m.

On Sundays, a new inbound express train stops in Westport at 9:12 a.m. and arrives in Grand Central at 10:12 a.m. In the evening, a new express train will depart Grand Central at 4:34 p.m., arriving in Westport at 5:35 p.m.

For complete train schedules, click on the link on the left side of this page.

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