Cops on Westport RR station traffic, parking guidelines
Updated 7:41 am, Monday, May 20, 2013
Police Chief Dale Call has issued the following statement on traffic and parking issues today at the Saugatuck and Greens Farms railroad stations forced by the Friday train collision in Bridgeport:
"Beginning Monday, May 20, Metro-North Railroad will be running limited service from the Westport (Saugatuck) train station to points west. There is NO train service from Greens Farms station. Commuters should check http://www.new.mta.info/mnr/ frequently for updates.
"Connecticut DOT will operate shuttle buses from Bridgeport with stops at Fairfield Metro and Fairfield train stations with Westport as the terminus. This will have a significant impact on the Saugatuck station as we expect most riders on these shuttles will be boarding trains at Saugatuck station. At this time Metro North estimates that they will be running at about 75% capacity from Westport.
"Heavy delays and high traffic volume are expected on local roads -- especially if commuters from towns east of Westport drive here to board trains. If at all possible, car pool to the train station. It is expected that parking will fill fast and early. Additional police personnel will be on duty.
"There will be limited -- repeat -- limited shuttle bus service from Greens Farms station to Saugatuck station for commuters who find themselves there in the morning and returning in the evening during peak hours only. Buses with limited seating will run a continuous loop to and from Saugatuck. This is separate from the CT DOT shuttle system. Please check http://www.norwalktransit.com/ for more information.
"Finally, please note these important traffic pattern changes:
--¢ All Saugatuck station passenger vehicle drop-offs in the AM and pickups in the PM will be directed to Ferry Lane on the eastbound side of the station. There will be signage indicating this change. Passengers can then use the tunnels to reach the NY-bound platforms.
--¢ Railroad Place will be used by incoming shuttle buses and local business traffic. For those who are parking (while spaces remain) be advised you may be stuck behind loading/unloading buses. Please be patient."