MTA Aims for 50% Service on Metro-North New Haven Line by Monday

The authority has been scrambling to restore service after a 138,000-volt Con Edison feed loader failed

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    MTA officials announced Saturday that they hope to restore service on the Metro-North New Haven line to about half its normal volume in time for the Monday morning rush. The authority has been scrambling to restore service after a 138,000-volt Con Edison feed loader failed Wednesday.

    Con Edison is trying to tap into temporary energy from the residential supply in order to power electric trains on the line, and the MTA has also been running diesel trains on the line.

    Officials said they hope power could be fully restored by October 7. The MTA 's website shows current schedules and service advisories for the New Haven line.

    "It's early in the weekend, we're going to run some tests and see what we've got," said MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast.

    Con Edison said the cable serving Metro-North equipment failed at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and another feeder that normally serves that line was unavailable because of scheduled repairs.

    The New Haven line was only serving about 33 percent of its ridership by Friday, causing extensive delays along the entire length of the line, which serves dozens of towns and has stations from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven, Conn.

    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday said at a press conference that his state is pushing Con Edison and Metro-North to restore service as quickly as possible. He said inconvenienced commuters should get ticket refunds.

    The MTA said it might look into reimbursing customers after service has been fully restored.

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