Some Metro-North Riders Will Get Credits for Future Travel

The MTA Board approved a credit plan on Tuesday

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 6:30 PM EDT
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Some Metro-North Riders Will Get Credits for Future Travel

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Metro-North Railroad riders on the New Haven line holding monthly and weekly passes will get credit for their troubles since last week's power failure.

The MTA Board on Tuesday approved credit toward future purchases for New Haven Line customers with monthly or weekly tickets valid for travel between Sept. 25 and the restoration of full service.

"While I look forward to reviewing and providing input on their plan, today's news is certainly a step in the right direction," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement.

Rail service was disrupted Wednesday when a Con Edison circuit failed in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

"As I expressed earlier today in a letter to the board, Con Ed should underwrite the refunds, even as they are administered by MNR and MTA," Malloy said. "Con Ed should also be responsible for any and all additional costs related to the interim service plan and the ultimate restoration of service."

Metro-North officials also announced Tuesday that service on the line will be increased to about 65 percent of normal on Wednesday.

Officials say normal commuter rail service between New Haven and New York City should resume by Oct. 7 or Oct. 8.

"Connecticut commuters should never have been put in this situation in the first place, but the unprecedented action taken by the board today is the first step in making things right," Malloy said.

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