The Department of Transportation, MTA Metro-North and state and local officials gathered at the New Canaan Train Station on Monday morning, August 9 to announce the service changes, which will provide direct support to the New Canaan community and the surrounding region, especially as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Canaan Line will return to full service beginning on Sunday, August 29.
“The restoration of express commuter trains from New Canaan to Grand Central Terminal by Metro-North is very welcome news to all commuters on the New Canaan branch line, including residents of New Canaan, North Stamford, Darien, Wilton and bordering Westchester towns, as well as those downstream in Greenwich and Rye, NY who rely upon these thru trains for convenient and comfortable train service to Manhattan. I thank Governor Lamont, Commissioner Giulietti and Metro-North President Rinaldi for bringing back normal commuter service for our commuters.” said First Selectman, Kevin Moynihan.
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread throughout Connecticut, the New Canaan Line saw a drastic reduction in ridership and scheduled trips in a focus on individuals staying home to reduce spread of the virus. Those service interruptions remained in effect for more than a year. With effective COVID-19 vaccines widely available and more than 70% of Connecticut adults with protection against the virus, reopening the train schedule to full service allows for increased economic and transportation opportunities for members of the public, especially those resuming commuting to work and traveling for leisure.