Metro-North, Amtrak Service to Fully Resume by Monday

The service resumption follows successful initial overnight tests Friday of a major new electrical substation at Mount Vernon

Saturday, Oct 5, 2013  |  Updated 3:55 PM EDT
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Metro-North, Amtrak Service to Fully Resume by Monday

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Full service on the Metro-North New Haven line will be restored on Monday and Amtrak's Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will be fully operational as of Sunday, officials said.

MTA Metro-North Railroad announced that full train service on the New Haven Line will resume Monday morning, October 7, following successful initial overnight tests Friday of a major new electrical substation at Mount Vernon.

Metro-North's New Haven line was crippled during morning rush hour last Wednesday after a Con Edison feeder cable failed, causing the rail line to lose power between Grand Central Terminal and Stamford, Conn.

For the remainder of this weekend, Metro-North will provide about 70 percent of normal New Haven Line service while activation and breaking-in of the new substation continues.
 
"On behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, I want to thank our customers for their patience in the face of an unprecedented, 12-day service disruption," said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast in a statement. "While authorities continue to investigate the cause of this failure, I want to thank the hundreds of people who worked tirelessly and safely to make needed repairs.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who has been critical of the MTA following the service disruption, said in a statement that he hopes "this outage serves as a wake up call to both Con Ed and the MTA when it comes to maintenance."

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