Residents Worry about Train Crossing Gates in Bethel - NBC Connecticut

Residents Worry about Train Crossing Gates in Bethel



    Gates have been malfunctioning on Danbury line. (Published Friday, May 9, 2014)

    Residents who live along a stretch of railroad are demanding action after several close calls with trains.

    NBC Connecticut was first called to the Greenwood Avenue crossing in February, but residents say the problem hasn’t been resolved.

    “I basically pulled up to [this] crossing sign and the sign started to come down on my, on my car,” says David Harvey of Danbury, “I kind of veered into oncoming traffic to get out of the way.”

    Bethel Police Captain David Bruckenthal is aware of the situation.

    “They’ve already done some work on one of our crossings and they are currently working in Danbury on one of their crossings to correct the problem,” says Bruckenthal.

    Those who often travel along Greenwood Avenue, wish the work would move a little faster.

    “What if someone gets killed, than what happens?” says Harvey.

    According to Bethel Police, the situation is being monitored.

    “Metro North has enacted a fairly safe plan, I don't think there's any danger to the public obviously that's our concern our number one concern,” says Bruckenthal.  “Trains stop before the crossing to make sure the gates go down. If they don’t, somebody on the train will get off to make sure traffic is stopped prior to the train proceeding.”

    NBC Connecticut did reach out to Metro North. They referred us to the Connecticut Department of Transportation which is yet to comment.