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Metro-North Explains Today's Delay on New Haven Line

The following message was sent from Metro-North Railroad to subscribers of its email alert system.

The average delays of 30 minutes that you may have experienced this morning resulted from damage to the overhead system of wires that power New Haven Line trains in the vicinity of Southport Station.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., a lightning strike caused 600 feet of wire to come down, preventing us from operating on that track. The location of this incident was particularly difficult. Although this is a four-track area, two tracks are currently out of service to accommodate work to replace the catenary system in that area.

Until the outdated, century-old catenary system is fully replaced with a system that is newer and features more reliable technology, the New Haven Line will be vulnerable to service disruptions because of wire damage, as well as increased impact of any operating problems in this area, due to the reduced capacity during construction.

We regret any inconvenience you may have experienced due to this incident and thank you for your patience.

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