Sept 29 Two U.S. senators called on Sunday for
federal and state investigations into a power failure on the
Metro-North Railroad, which has been causing delays for tens of
thousands of commuters into New York City.
Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal
of Connecticut, both Democrats, have written to the U.S.
Department of Energy and the New York State Public Service
Commission asking that they help restore power and examine what
The outage on the railroad's busy route between New Haven,
Connecticut, and New York City began on Wednesday morning when a
high-powered electric cable failed near Harrison, a town about
22 miles north of New York City. The outage occurred while crews
were working to replace an alternate power line.
Some 125,000 commuters a day, including many on Wall Street,
have faced long delays as crews struggle to restore full
service. The railroad line runs through hedge-fund capital
Greenwich, Connecticut, and nearby Stamford, where such banks as
UBS AG and the Royal Bank of Scotland maintain trading floors.
"To grow jobs and strengthen our economy, safe and reliable
rail service must be a top priority, and it is simply
intolerable for a single cable failure to imperil that
progress," Blumenthal said in a statement.
Consolidated Edison Inc. crews have been looking for
ways to power the rail line while repairs are made. On Sunday
afternoon, crews were testing temporary feeders and transformers
intended to take power off the distribution system to power the
tracks, said utility spokesman Allan Drury.
A reduced schedule was in effect this weekend, according to
the railroad, which has said it could take weeks to fully repair
The power outage is the second major disruption this year to
service on the railroad's New Haven line. In May, two passenger
trains collided after one derailed near Bridgeport, Connecticut,
injuring dozens of people and disrupting service for days.