CTDOT Announces Upcoming Signal Work on the Metro-North Waterbury Line

October 21, 2021
Activation of new rail systems will require weekend substitute busing for Waterbury Line customers October 28 – November 1, 2021. 

Today, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced that the Waterbury Line will be commissioned and activated for service following recently completed track and signal improvements. The activation of the new rail systems will require continuous busing of Waterbury Line customers for one weekend starting Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. and ending on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.


“The Connecticut Department of Transportation is completing this work to enable expanded service on the Waterbury Line in 2022. This new service has been much anticipated by our riders and community leaders,” said, Richard Andreski, Bureau Chief of Public Transportation of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as final work is done to activate the recently completed track and signal upgrades.”


The bus schedule for Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31, 2021 follows:


Bus Service Details for Thursday, October 28, 2021



  • A 9:33 p.m. bus will depart Waterbury Station and arrive in Bridgeport at 10:50 p.m. with a connection to the 11:00 p.m. New Haven Line train from Bridgeport to Grand Central Terminal.




  • An 8:33 p.m. bus will depart Bridgeport Station and arrive in Waterbury at 9:50 p.m.
  • An 11:45 p.m. bus will depart Bridgeport Station and arrive in Waterbury at 1:15 a.m.


Bus Service Details for Friday, October 29 – Sunday October 31, 2021

  • Substitute bus service will operate between Waterbury Station and Bridgeport Station in both directions, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Express bus service between Waterbury and Bridgeport will be offered at select times. Customers should check the website for further details.


  • Train service will resume on Monday, November 1, 2021beginning with the train departing Waterbury at 5:40 a.m. and the train departing Bridgeport at 7:59 a.m.

Customers can access the complete substitute bus schedule at mta.info/mnr. Customers are encouraged to check the schedules and status of service before they travel.

All rail customers are encouraged to pre-purchase their rail tickets before boarding. Customers may use the MTA eTix app or ticket vending machines conveniently located at most New Haven Line stations. For information on how to use the MTA eTix app visit mta.info/mta-etix.

CTDOT and Metro-North Railroad would like to remind customers to always wear a mask or face covering onboard trains and at stations. Customers who feel sick should not use public transportation.


Channels for Service Updates

new.MTA.info – The “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each line.


Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive alerts, tailored by specific line and time of day, by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com.


Twitter – Twitter users can follow @MetroNorth to receive dynamic service updates and customer service support.


TrainTime app– Metro-North unveiled major upgrades to its TrainTime app to keep customers updated by the second. The upgraded app includes real-time train location updated every three seconds and is available in six languages.


WhatsApp – Metro-North recently started using WhatsApp to expand the number of customer service channels available to riders and is especially helpful for non-native English speakers. Customers can receive customer service support in their native language through the help of Google Translate.


Facebook – Facebook users can message Metro-North on its Facebook page to speak with a customer service representative.


These communication channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, the MTA will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.


For those who prefer to contact the MTA by telephone, information is available by dialing 511, the New York State Travel Information Line. Connecticut customers should call 877-690-5114. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the MTA at 511.