Malloy says Metro North disruption could last up to 3 weeks

Sep 25, 2013

Governor Malloy discussing the Metro-North outage at the Disaster Operations Center on Wednesday
Credit CT-N

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the electrical problems that disrupted service on Metro North's New Haven line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal could continue to be a problem for as much as three weeks.  

The Governor spoke at a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center.

Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan says there’s usually a second cable that could serve as a backup, but Wednesday morning’s outage came at a bad time, because that second cable is currently out of service for an upgrade.

"It’s midway through a 4-week project," says Donovan, "and we’re not able to bring that other cable back."

In a statement online, Con Edison said "Company crews are working around the clock to make repairs to a feeder cable that failed earlier today, but repairs of this nature typically take 2-3 weeks."

Metro-North is running diesel trains, but said today they could only meet 10% of normal capacity. Malloy says the railroad is bringing in additional diesel engines, which could bring them up to about 40 percent.

Here's Governor Malloy describing service changes:

More details from Metro-North is available online here.

Amtrak service is also affected.  There is no Acela service between New York and Boston, and other trains have been canceled. Details are online here.

WSHU will continue to share updates online and on the air as the situation develops.