Malloy Holds Crisis Summit With Metro-North Monday Afternoon

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Gov. Dannel Malloy will meet with train officials Monday afternoon about problems with the Walk Bridge in Norwalk.
Gov. Dannel Malloy will meet with train officials Monday afternoon about problems with the Walk Bridge in Norwalk. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy will hold a crisis summit with officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metro-North on Monday afternoon to address the major disruptions in train service on the New Haven Line caused by problems with the Walk Bridge in Norwalk.

The meeting will be held at the MTA offices in Manhattan at 1 p.m.

Malloy had blasted the railroad Friday after Fairfield County commuters faced more than three of delays during rush hour because the WALK Bridge in Norwalk malfunctioned.

The bridge became stuck open at about 3:30 p.m. Friday after swinging open to allow boating traffic to get through, halting all trains between South Norwalk and East Norwalk. 

"This was a regular opening for marine traffic on the Norwalk River," a Metro-North spokesman said.

“This is now the second major failure in two weeks, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and causing unacceptable delays. Let me be clear, this is outrageous," Malloy said.

"In speaking with MTA and Metro-North, my administration has stressed that every procedure, protocol and engineering solution must get the immediate attention of the most qualified team of experts. It is of the upmost importance that these operating, maintenance, alternative service and customer protocols be completely critiqued and that near term solutions be found to ensure reliable service for Connecticut commuters.

"It should be noted that these most recent failures punctuate the absolute necessity for replacing this 118-year-old bridge -- a central link to the entire Northeast Corridor. We simply cannot afford peak service disruptions like this, which is why we have requested and are aggressively pursuing federal Resiliency funding for this exact purpose.”

In April, Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut applied for $600 million in federal transportation funds to help cover the capital costs of three resiliency, or “hardening,” projects central to Connecticut’s commuter rail infrastructure along the New Haven Line.

Specifically, the state requested $349 million in federal funding to cover 75 percent of the cost of the WALK Bridge Replacement Project. Built in 1896, the WALK Bridge will be replaced it with a more resilient “bascule” bridge (which would open for marine traffic from one side with a counterweight system) will significantly enhance the safety and reliability of commuter and intercity passenger service along the Northeast Corridor.

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This is yet another mess created by the Republicans that the Democrats will clean up.

It seems to be a habit of the Democrats repairing the Republicans destruction.

Just anther photo op for Malloy

The biggest "crisis" here,is that the state was mismanaged,and turned into a national laughing stock by past Republican Governors that ran it.

The biggest "crisis" here,is that the state is being mismanaged,and turned into a national laughing stock by the liberal Democrats who run it.

It's great to see something being done about this. Unfortunately this mess is due to the destruction caused by past Republican Governors.

If in fact the state owns the Bridges then we should be collecting money FROM Metro North and Amtrack as well as any other users of them so the taxpayers done need to pay for it when things weary out. We shouldn't be expected to help pay for somebody else's transportation needs. The Railroads in this nation started & were created as private corporations funded by investors. When they stopped being profitable we should have let them go the way of the riverboat.
Commuters might do well to start living where they work. They are a huge part of why its so expensive to live here.

What an absolute phoney! The STATE owns the bridges and the rails...NOT Metro-North or MTA. It's the STATE'S job to replace the bridges. But the slimy politicians in Hartford keep stealing transportation "dedicated" funds to balance the state budget....to coverup their inability to actually balance the budget. Can't decide who's worse on this Sen. Dick "The War Hero" Blumenthal or Gov. Dannel "That's My Name, Not a Typo" Malloy.

This story looks sort of like a cut and paste of a press release from the governor's office. It would be helpful if someone from the Daily Voice were to ask that question -- isn't this problem with the bridge the state's fault , not MetroNorth's?

Love politicians. ... nothing says " I look like Im useful" like great terminology. CRISIS SUMMIT.