Metro-North Delays Cause More Frustration

Sep 27, 2013

Grand Central Station in New York City.
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy met with railroad and utility officials at New York's Grand Central Station Thursday to discuss the disruption of rail service for tens of thousands of commuters on the Metro-North and Amtrak lines, the Associated Press reports.

A high-voltage feeder cable failed Wednesday at a suburban New York station, causing huge delays. A patchwork of bus and train service has been set up, but can serve only about a third of the regular ridership. Malloy expressed frustration at a press conference following the meeting, but said authorities will try to use three transformers to restore partial power to the crippled track.

The transformers will be brought in by New York-based utility Consolidated Edison. A Con Ed spokesman said the transformers will take power from residential lines. Officials will test to see whether trains can run on that power.

This is the latest disruption in a series of problems this year. Two trains crashed in Fairfield after a derailment in May, and in July a freight train derailed on the Hudson line. Amtrak Acela Express is suspended through Sunday. There are delays on other Amtrak trains between Boston and New York.