Sep 27, 2013
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Metro-North May Get Partial Electric Service Next Week, Malloy Says

Metro-North May Get Partial Electric Service Next Week, Malloy Says

VM Williams

The eastbound evening commute along Interstate 95 on the West Haven-New Haven line was especially crowded Thursday evening as Metro-North woes continued for the second day.

Partial electric service may return to Metro-North’s New Haven Line next week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday at a news conference in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Malloy had emerged from an apparently heated meeting with Metro-North and Con Edison officials at which he demanded that full service be restored as quickly as possible. “Quite frankly I was pushing them pretty hard,” he said of Con Ed officials.

Electric power was lost between Stamford and Grand Central on Wednesday morning because a 138,000-volt feeder cable running from Mount Vernon to Harrison, N.Y., failed.

The plan to restore partial service involves “three transformers that are being brought in that would feed the system,” Malloy said. However, they would provide only 13,000 kilowatts.

“I have 125,000 people whose lives are being disrupted because of this failure,” the governor said.

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said 24 diesel locomotives were running Thursday, as the railroad was able to take some from the Hudson Line, which runs north to Poughkeepsie. While “cobbled together,” she said, “we did the best we could. ... We spread the pain around.”

Electric train service was not affected north of Stamford.

Chris Olert, a Con Ed spokeswoman, had said a second feeder was taken out of service two weeks ago as a part of upgrade work on the New Haven Line. It was in the same area as the failed cable. Malloy said Con Ed wasn’t sure whether relying on a single feeder played a role in the failure, but he believed there was a strong chance “that reliance on a single circuit did contribute” to the feeder failing.

“This has to be done up and down the system,” Malloy said of the upgrade work. “A reoccurrence of this anywhere in the future is totally unacceptable.”

He also said that since the problem was not caused by weather but by a system failure, “They need to speak to a refund policy with regard to this. ... There appears to be little plan for this type of catastrophic failure.”

He also said that, if train travel isn’t brought back to normal soon, “we’ll look at legal action.”

For the full article, visit New Haven Register online.


Metro-North May Get Partial Electric Service Next Week, Malloy Says

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