Train service in Connecticut was suspended this morning

After major problems this morning, service on Metro-North's New Haven Line resumed around 8, although customers were told they could anticipate residual delays of 30 to 60 minutes.

Earlier, there was  no eastbound train service from Harrison, N.Y., to New Haven due to catenary wire damage  near the Cos Cob station in Greenwich on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line.

New Haven Line Service was been temporarily suspended between Stamford and Harrison, according to Metro-North. “Power department crews are currently on the scene making repairs,” the railroad posted on its website. “Customers traveling through this area should anticipate delays of 60-90 minutes.”

There was still some service for customers traveling toward New York from Stamford and stations to the east to Grand Central Terminal but with the electrical problems, there were fewer tracks in operation. Because of this trains might not be stopping at stations between Stamford and Rye, N.Y.

“More information will be provided as it becomes available,” Metro-North said after 7 a.m. Friday. “Please listen for announcements at your station.”

This was yet another major disruption for commuters along one of the busiest train lines in the nation. A fire this past weekend in Greenwich damaged track equipment, limiting service on Monday. The New Haven Line has been shut down a few time in the past couple years because of storms and railroad and utility error.

In September, a power outage in New York limited New Haven Line for nearly two weeks. Thousands of passengers were forced to find alternate ways into New York, including using their cars, which jammed Connecticut’s highways.

The New Haven Line is owned by the state of Connecticut but operated by Metro-North Railroad, which is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. While the New Haven Line is among the MTA’s busiest and most expensive rail lines, Connecticut officials have no voting power on the MTA Board, which is run by New York and New Jersey appointees.