Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by russellsal8
That's what I'm thinking too, use a three tiered set up more throughout the day when most of the M8's are on line. This will become increasingly an issue when Fairfield Metro and West Haven stations open, since that will only further add to the number of stops between Stamford and New Haven. And if you think about it, having a three tiered set up might even save on equipment since the Bridgeport trains would be turning around sooner. This is opposed to having all trains go to New Haven and alternating between trains making key stops and ones making all stops, which seems to be the setup they are mostly using now.
  by Walter Sobchak
This construction is to accommodate storage of the M8s, as the current setup is pretty useless, but it's also to organize and better use the land available, as with the new MOW tracks to the south. This yard was in pretty terrible shape, and was basically used as a boneyard for old MOW equipment etc, so this allows the track department to consolidate what they need and store it properly. The employee parking free-for-all also looks to be fixed here.

On a related note, you should have seen what they pulled out of here when they cleaned it up to prepare for construction: old tie-handlers and spikers from the 70s left to rot, pallets of old plates and joint bars, and all the trash and debris you could think of. At the least we can expect everything to move much smoother once construction is completed.
  by MNCRR9000
Update from the CDOT website regarding the East Bridgeport Yard Expansion.
Project Description:
The East Bridgeport Rail Yard (EBRY) improvement project will provide additional storage and
servicing tracks for an expanded Metro-North revenue fleet. Tracks 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32 will be
improved and upgraded to revenue service tracks electrified at 11KV. An expanded maintenance of
way (MOW) storage yard will be provided in the existing unimproved South Yard with nonelectrified
Tracks 50, 52 and 54 provided for MOW use. Improved lighting will be provided
throughout to improve the security of the site and the safety of nighttime operations.
Major components completed to date:
• Disposal of Controlled Materials
• Track 48 Catenary Maintenance Vehicle (CMV) Corral
• Track 6 Reconstruction
• Tracks 50 through 54 accepted and placed in service
• Tracks 24 through 32 completed and placed in service for limited operations by Metro-North pending completion of the Track 6/Track 32 interface.
• MNR has occupied all of the newly constructed storage areas south of Track 44.
Project Milestones:
Milestone Original Schedule Current Schedule
Tracks 24 through 32 in Service January 21, 2012 March 30, 2012
Contract Completion December 16, 2012 December 16, 2012
Link to the website
http://www.ct.gov/dot/lib/dot/documents ... 4-2012.pdf
  by DutchRailnut
I am glad you are impressed by CDOT propaganda, reality shows different in lots of projects.
  by F-line to Dudley via Park
DutchRailnut wrote:I am glad you are impressed by CDOT propaganda, reality shows different in lots of projects.

Then issue your internally-sourced correction and move on, Dutch. Posting of new public information does not merit a sarcastic swipe. That was wholly unnecessary.
  by Steamboat Willie
The word around here is that once the yard has expanded that almost all Waterbury jobs that normally are out of New Haven will be out of Bridgeport.
  by DutchRailnut
2 trains ?? they fit on yard lead, no need for expansion.