Norwalk commute changes

Officials said two trains collided in Fairfield, Conn.,

Officials said two trains collided in Fairfield, Conn., after a derailment shortly after 6 p.m. Friday night. (May 17, 2013) (Credit: News 12 Connecticut)


In anticipation of high commuter volume at the South Norwalk Train Station Monday, Norwalk City Officials are outlining plans to accommodate additional automobile traffic.

--Temporary directional signage is being placed at the Route 95 Exit ramps directing commuters to the Maritime Garage on North Water Street. It is anticipated that the facility can handle several hundred additional commuter vehicles.

--The Norwalk Transit District will run special shuttle routes from the Maritime Garage to the SoNo Train Station. Other shuttles may be run to accommodate the anticipated high volume.

--Mayor Richard Moccia has called on drivers to telecommute or car pool if at all possible in an effort to accommodate as many commuters as possible during the days ahead. In order to assist commuters from out of town, the Mayor has called on Norwalk residents to utilize busses rather than their cars to get to the trains.

Norwalk Transit District Service Changes
--During the MetroNorth service emergency the Norwalk Transit District is instituting the follow service changes to assist riders. These changes will remain in effect pending further notice.

--All regular bus service, including rail shuttles, and ADA services will operate normally.

--If the South Norwalk rail station garage and supplemental lots fill up, drivers will be directed to the Maritime garage. Should this happen, we will operate a continuous loop shuttle from the Maritime garage to the South Norwalk rail station. It is a five minute trip and service will operate approximately every ten minutes. There is no charge for the shuttle.

--Any passenger boarding a WHEELS bus who shows a monthly MetroNorth ticket for May, is not required to pay a fare.

--No service on the G1 and G2 shuttles to the Greens Farms station.

--We will operate a shuttle service from the Greens Farms station to the Saugatuck station. These will be vehicles with a limited carrying capacity. They will run a continuous loop during peak hours. There is no charge for this service.

--Regular Saugatuck shuttles S1, S2, S3, and Imperial Lot Shuttle will operate.

--ADA and door-to-door service will operate on a regular schedule.

--The District is assisting the Department of Transportation by providing five buses to transport passengers from the Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, and Fairfield stations to the Saugatuck station in Westport.

--Mayor Moccia will utilize the Notify Norwalk System this evening asking Norwalk Residents to avoid tomorrow’s rush hour traffic if at all possible.

--Norwalk Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Denis McCarthy announced personnel will be placing portable directional signage to help direct commuters unfamiliar with South Norwalk. Norwalk Parking Authority personnel are working to help commuters find public parking facilities within walking distance of the train station. Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik announced plans to assign additional parole officers during the rush hour tomorrow in response to the anticipated increased volume.

--Additional Metro North Police have also been assigned to assist with the Norwalk response on Monday.

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