Buses will replace weekend and off-peak trains on Danbury branch line

Weekend rail riders will be taking buses instead of the train for the next three weeks to allow for work being done at three street-level crossings on the Danbury branch line of Metro-North. Later in the month, weekday commuters will be affected as well. The changes affect north- and southbound trains.

On the weekends of Aug. 8-10, Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 22-24, all trains will be replaced by buses beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing through midnight on Sunday.

On the weekdays of Aug. 18-22 and Aug. 25-28, all off-peak (non-rush hour) trains will be replaced by buses. Train service will resume on Friday, Aug. 29.

Special bus schedules may be found at mta.info/mnr.

The crossings are at Wilton Station, where there are two, and at Portland Avenue in the Branchville section of Ridgefield.

Crews will be lifting out the tracks, cleaning the crossing foundations and bolstering the ballast shoulders of the crossings The work will also include track resurfacing.