Halloween parade could cause traffic nightmare

WESTPORT — Traveling through downtown Westport Monday afternoon could be a nightmare because several streets will be closed for the annual Halloween parade.

The Westport Parks & Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Westport Police Athletic League and the Westport Downtown Merchants Association will host its annual Halloween Parade in the center of town on Monday.

The following roads will be affected: Main Street will be closed from Post Road East to Avery Place starting at 2:30 p.m.; Avery Place will be closed starting at approximately 3 p.m., and Myrtle Avenue from Evergreen Avenue to Main Street will be closed starting at approximately 3. Roads are expected to reopen by 5.

Metro-North offers ‘Way Ahead’ plan

WESTPORT — Metro-North on Tuesday released a plan to improve the safety and reliability of the commuter railroad that carried more than 86 million riders last year.

But the series of proposals is mostly focused on improvements on the New York side of the rail system and barely mentions the New Haven Line or the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines, which are owned by Connecticut.

“They are talking about enhancing New York, not Connecticut,” said state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, and a co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.

“That is terrible for us,” Boucher said. “Our contract with Metro-North is terrible, and we pay 65 percent of the bill.”

Although Connecticut owns its rails and equipment, the railroad is run by Metro-North under a decades-long contract with the state.

Metro-North officials touted the plan, unveiled in an email to commuters, as the “Way Ahead” for the railroad.