Conn. derailment to cause 'greatly slowed' commute

Associated Press
A derailed Metro-North rail car is hoisted back on to the tracks in Bridgeport. Conn. on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Crews will spend days rebuilding 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals following the collision between two trains Friday evening that injured 72 people, Metro-North President Howard Permut said Sunday. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post,Brian A. Pounds ) MANDATORY CREDIT
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Railroad officials in Connecticut say the morning commute is going as well as can be expected following Friday's train collision that that injured 72 people and has shut down service.

Metro-North is using a fleet of 120 buses at the Bridgeport train station to help rail commuters make their way around the scene of the accident and help get them get to New York City.

A shuttle train was operating about every 20 minutes Monday morning between New Haven and Bridgeport. Shuttle buses are running between the Bridgeport and Stamford stations, where commuters can then board trains for the final leg of their commute.

Officials say Friday's collision impacts about 30,000 people who normally use the train.

Heavy congestion — averaging 15 mph — was reported along Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway heading into New York City.

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