Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redecker says crews continue to monitor the street-track crossings on the Danbury Branch where there had been signal issues that prompted a so-called Stop and Warn procedure to be put in place. He says there's additional work to be done not on the gates themselves, but on the actual crossings. A few need to be rebuilt because it was the crossings that were substandard, not the technology.
But he says the gates have been operating reliably, many times the branch has had 100 percent on time performance.
In February of 2014, the DOT announced that the issues of crossing gates and lights activating on occasion when no train was in the area--were with new technology implemented at certain crossings in late 2013 as part of the Danbury Signalization Project.
11 street-level railroad crossings that experienced the issues were corrected. About 2,200 commuters use the Danbury branch on an average weekday. In addition to Danbury and South Norwalk, there are stations at Bethel, Redding, Branchville, Cannondale, Wilton and Merritt 7.