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Malloy seeks summit on railroad bridge delays

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Friday for a "crisis summit" with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Metro-North to discuss a continuing bridge failure problem in Norwalk, saying it's time to replace the 118-year-old rotating structure.

Metro-North and Amtrak train service was disrupted during the afternoon rush Friday because the Walk Bridge got stuck again in the open position, which allows boats to pass through along the Norwalk River. Passengers had to wait in long lines for bus service between South Norwalk and East Norwalk.

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

By early evening, MTA announced limited service was restored on two of the four tracks.

The century-old bridge also got stuck on May 29 and snarled travel for thousands of commuters during the morning rush.

Emilio Romero, of New Haven, told WVIT-TV that he got caught up in both bridge failure incidences. The commuter said he was delayed for hours on May 29. On Friday, he decided to have his wife pick him up.

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