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Commuters take advantage of free trains into New York City


The governors of Connecticut and New York waived fares for Metropolitan Transit Authority on Thursday and Friday and commuters took advantage of the deal.

Getting the trains running again was a priority for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after high winds knocked out service for days.

During a Friday afternoon press conference at New Haven Union Station, Malloy announced Metro-North service is back at 100 percent.

Rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury branch lines of the New Haven Line will resume on Monday while bus service on the New Canaan line is expected to resume Monday and Tuesday.

On Friday, commuters were happy to ride the rails for free.

"We were looking to drive in and through research we found that I guess we need more than three people in the car to get over some of the bridges," said Pam Tanner of Florida. "And we were very pleased to find out that it was free."

Stephanie Johnson of Jamaica Queens used the free ticket to get out of New York and the problems from Hurricane Sandy.

"It was very much appreciated," she said.

And some people were headed back to New York.

"I was just visiting and trying to get away from the storm," said Amy Vlosky of New York. "And I've been here a week and now I'm going back to see what happened."

The Connecticut Department of Transportation said the free ride is a nice thing to do for commuters and help minimize motor vehicle traffic into New York City for the weekend.

The free tickets last until midnight Saturday.

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