NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he’s expecting a plan from the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Metro-North Railroad to reimburse Connecticut commuters for the lack of service caused by a failed high-voltage feeder cable.
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.
Many Connecticut commuters buy monthly tickets.
Meanwhile, Con Edison was setting up three transformers to try to supply the needed 27,000 volts of power to a high-voltage line that failed Wednesday at a Mount Vernon station, knocking out power to the New Haven line.
“We’ll continue to put as much pressure on the system and those responsible to make sure we have a quicker turnaround,” Malloy said.
But it was unclear how many electric trains could be served by the transformers’ power, which would take power from lines in residential areas and step them up to reach the needed 27,000 volts, Malloy and Con Ed said.
Officials said they’d be testing the alternative power source over the weekend to see if it could work.