Conn., MTA agree on review before electrical work

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)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have agreed to establish an independent review before work is done on power or electrical lines to avoid outages similar to what disrupted Metro-North Railroad last September.

Malloy met on Monday in his Capitol office with Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and chief executive of MTA, and Joseph Giulietti (joo-lee-’ETEE), the new Metro-North president. Following the meeting, the governor rebuked the rail line for safety and reliability problems.

Con Edison took one of two feeder cables out of service, at the request of Metro-North, to accommodate the railroad’s work in Mount Vernon, N.Y. The remaining feeder cable failed on Sept. 25, cutting off power and forcing the commuter railroad to reduce service by half on its New Haven Line.

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