NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Metro-North will only be able to accommodate about one-third of the regular ridership on the New Haven line for Thursday’s commute and for the foreseeable future due to a power problem that crippled service on Wednesday, the agency announced.
The commuter rail will offer limited bus and train service for the New Haven line starting on Thursday morning, Metro-North said.
New Haven line tickets will continue to be cross-honored on the Harlem line as a result of the power issue.
Bus service will be provided on the Waterbury branch and limited shuttle train service will operate on the Danbury and New Canaan branches.
Beginning Thursday, Metro-North announced the following modified schedule:
AM Peak Service
To Grand Central
From New Haven to Stamford train service will be provided every 20-30 minutes and will connect with:
- Limited diesel train service from Stamford operating directly to Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
- Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Stamford through Rye Stations; connecting with express bus service to White Plains Station for Harlem line train service to Grand Central
From Harrison to Grand Central Terminal service will be provided as follows:
- Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Harrison through New Rochelle Stations and operating directly to Fordham, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
- Bus Service from Pelham and Mount Vernon East to Mount Vernon West for Harlem line train service
From Grand Central
Limited diesel train service will be provided every 30-40 minutes from Grand Central Terminal and making all local stops to Stamford; with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
To Grand Central
Hourly shuttle service between New Haven (departing every 45 minutes after the hour) and Stamford with local train service operating every half hour between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.
From Grand Central
Train service operating every half hour (:04 and :34 after the hour) out of Grand Central making all local stops to Stamford with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
PM Peak Service
From Grand Central to Stamford/New Haven
- Limited service from Grand Central direct to Stamford with connections to New Haven provided every 20-30 minutes.
- Harlem line Service to White Plains Station with express bus service to Rye Station for local train service between Rye and Stamford operating every 20-30 minutes
From Grand Central to Harrison
- Limited train service from Grand Central to New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison Stations
- Harlem line train service to Mount Vernon West for Bus Service to Pelham and Mount Vernon East Stations
REPAIRS ‘COULD TAKE WEEKS’
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday advised commuters to plan for days of problems, after a power problem left hundreds of commuters stranded during the morning rush.
At a news conference, Malloy advised people to stay home and telecommute if possible. He said he was “frustrated” on behalf of everyone who uses the Metro-North line, but people have no choice but to plan for alternatives.
“Plan on a long-term lack of service or being underserved,” Malloy said. “To the extent that you can, stay home the next couple of days and telecommute.”
Bus and diesel service is also available to shuttle commuters to the Harlem line where tickets will be honored, and carpooling is also advised, Malloy said.
Malloy said it is not known how long the repairs will take. But he said he wants people to assume the problem will be prolonged.
Con Edison said in a statement that “repairs of this nature typically take 2-3 weeks.” The utility posted a photo on Twitter on Wednesday night of a crew working to repair a power feeder line.
“Con Ed is somewhat in the blind at the moment until we understand the full extent of the damage caused by the incident today,” Malloy said.
Malloy explained that one of the power feeder lines was taken offline as it was in the process of being replaced due to construction work that was under way. The other feeder line that remained in place had a critical problem that caused the outage, and the extent of the problem cannot presently be determined because the line is superheated and must be cooled with nitrogen before any assessment is made.