Metro-North to Offer Reduced Weekend Service

A failed high-voltage feeder cable was blamed for the outage that began Wednesday.

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    A Metro North costumer service agent helps a morning rush hour commuter with train information at Grand Central Terminal, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in New York. Tens of thousands of Metro-North Railroad commuters scrambled Thursday for alternate routes between the densely populated Connecticut suburbs and New York City after a power failure on a heavily trafficked line.

    Metro-North Railroad says it will have a reduced schedule this weekend due to the power outage that has snarled commutes between New York City and the Connecticut suburbs.

    The railroad says there will be hourly train service from all New Haven Line stations in both directions on Saturday and Sunday.

    Commuters coming from New Haven can switch to a diesel train in Stamford for express service to Grand Central. They can also take a diesel train for local service to stops between Stamford and Grand Central.

    A failed high-voltage feeder cable was blamed for the outage that began Wednesday. New York-based utility Consolidated Edison was setting up three transformers to attempt to supply the needed 27,000 volts of power to the failed cable.

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's expecting a plan from the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Metro-North Railroad to reimburse Connecticut commuters for the lack of service.

    Malloy said Friday he told the transit authority and the railroad "in no uncertain terms" that he expects a compensation plan quickly.

    The governor told reporters that he's "more than willing to put the full power of the state of Connecticut behind that demand." But he later said he's not anticipating a court case.