Malloy blasts Metro-North over rail outage

Sign at Fairfield Metro train station shows a delay for Metro-North commuter trains, Jan. 24, 2014. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)
Sign at Fairfield Metro train station shows a delay for Metro-North commuter trains, Jan. 24, 2014. (WTNH / Stephanie Simoni)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s governor says he is outraged over the two-hour power outage that crippled the Metro-North Railroad on Thursday evening.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he wants an explanation for why maintenance was being performed on the signal control system during the evening commute.

Metro-North serves about 280,000 riders a day in New York and Connecticut. Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the outage affected “dozens of trains” and “thousands of people.”

Malloy said Friday he expressed his anger and frustration in call with railroad CEO Tom Prendergast and he asked for a sit-down meeting with incoming railroad chief Joe Giullietti.

Metro-North operates the New Haven Line under a contract with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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