Long Island Rail Road unions say talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have collapsed with just six days left before a potential walkout of 5,400 workers.
The MTA said Tuesday it has offered a 17 percent wage increase over seven years.
But MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said the agency needs to be prepared in case drivers hit the picket line in July.
Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Joseph Giulietti met on Thursday with the legislature’s Transportation Committee.
The move comes after Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal met separately last week with Prendergast and the new Metro-North chief, Joseph Giulietti.
The Democrat sat down Thursday afternoon in New Haven with Metro-North chief Joseph Giulietti and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Tom Prendergast.
The order requires Metro-North to modify its signal system to ensure speed limits are followed.
Due to cost-saving measures, the 2015 and 2017 fare and toll increases will amount to a 4 percent hike, instead of the original 7.5 percent.
Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) noted that the MTA currently has a nearly $2 billion budget surplus.
Metro-North will conduct a test running trains on the rails this weekend as the final stage to ensure the repairs were successful.
Metro North says trains will be operating at about 65 percent capacity beginning Wednesday with five additional peak trains. That’s up from 50 percent since the disruption began.
The line the MTA was counting on failed just outside what was called the freeze pit.
The Metro-North Railroad on Sunday announced that some slight service improvements are on the horizon for New Haven Line for the start of the work week Monday.
The afternoon rush will feature 25 percent more trains at more regular intervals, the MTA announced. The changes will come pending the approval of $700,000 in funding.
The train, on the railroad’s Port Washington branch, takes just 19 minutes from Penn Station and 17 minutes from Great Neck, LIRR president Helena Williams said.