Con Edison Restores Metro-North Power, Service to Resume

Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED) reconnected a feeder line supplying Metro-North trains, clearing the way for full service to resume 12 days after a power failure snarled commutes between Connecticut and New York City.

“Full service to the MTA Metro-North Railroad New Haven line will be restored Monday morning, assuming the new substation which received Con Edison power today is found reliable during our testing over the weekend,” Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the New York-owned Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in an e-mailed statement today.

Con Edison reconnected and re-energized one of two 138-kilovolt lines overnight that power trains, the New York-based utility said in an e-mailed statement today. The power line had been disconnected Sept. 13 because of equipment upgrades on Metro-North’s system.

The second power line failed on Sept. 25, curtailing the number of trains Metro-North could run on a system that serves about 130,000 commuters daily in Connecticut and suburban Westchester County in New York. The utility, which initially said the repairs would take two to three weeks, built temporary feeders that have allowed the system to operate at about 65 percent of capacity. Work to remove the feeder probably led to the failure of the backup line, Con Edison said on Sept. 30.

Metro-North’s board said on Oct. 1 that holders of weekly and monthly train tickets will be refunded for the disruption. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Con Edison was “ultimately responsible” and should pay passenger refunds that may cost as much as $2 million a week.

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