NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A transformer fire on the Metro-North line nearly threw a wrench into this morning's commute.
"It's looking pretty good," said Joan Poirer, of Milford. "I may actually catch the train that I normally take.
They roll with the punches, those Connecticut/New York commuters. Their rides barely got rolling in time for the Friday morning rush, after a transformer fire blew out the overhead power for 11 miles just southwest of New Haven Thursday night.
"But they're pretty good about disclosure and letting you know what's happening," said Steve Alogna, of Milford.
The delays extended into the wee hours of Friday, as the 4:09 a.m. train to Grand Central was canceled outright and the 4:39 was a slightly late choreographed diesel-powered shuttle to Bridgeport combined with an electrified connection to Manhattan.
"I just caught an earlier train," said Alogna. "I got the notification from M.T.A., so tried to get the earlier train to make up for the time.
Although commuters told News 8 they were wary of this morning's possible delays, they say such delays are often par for the course on the Metro-North line.
"What's a transformer fire among commuters, right," said News 8's Jeff Valin.
"Exactly. You know, these things happen," said Orange resident Jim O'Brien. "It's very hot, they're operating incredibly large equipment with all kinds of electrical and mechanical stuff, so the fact that they manage to keep the trains running reasonably close to schedule is great.
"If it's a 10-to-15-minute delay, it's really no news on the Metro-North train. It's a daily occurrence to be 10 minutes late, especially in this heat," said Eric Erasmus, of Milford.
By the peak rush the catenaries had their power back, and it was single-service smooth: the 8:06 out of Milford was on time. Ditto for the 8:15 express and the 8:27 local.
It takes a tough commuter to take a tender outlook. After all, when New York's your destination, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
"Oh, I love it," said O'Brien. "The alternative is I-95. I'm loving Metro-North."
And due to the intense heat, Metro-North trains and Amtrak trains are running a bit slower. The tracks are just too hot with rail temperatures reaching above 120 degrees.
Passengers should expect 10 to 20 minute delays.
Refunds are available for Amtrak riders who don't want to deal with the disruption.
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