(WTNH) -- Governor Malloy says restoring service on Metro-North could take several weeks.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Malloy said, "We don't yet know how long it will take to restore service, but we are seeing estimates that could be as long as three weeks or more. Hopefully that is a worst case scenario and hopefully we'll soon have better information tomorrow or the next day."
Metro-North is currently running very limited service between Stamford and Grand Central due to a problem with Con Edison power facility.
Malloy said Metro-North trains are operating on limited service that has potential for carrying only 30 percent of normal peak ridership.
For Thursday, Malloy said electric train service will be at all stops between New Haven and Stamford. Customers will then transfer to diesel trains in Stamford.
If you can get to Harlem, your tickets will be recognized.
The outage is also affecting Amtrak service. Currently, there is no Acela service. All other regional Amtrak trains are being pulled by diesel.
To give you an idea of how big the cable is, it powers four train stations and is being cooled off with nitrogen. They're bringing in 6 diesel powered locomotives so they'll be able to carry 30-40% of the riders they normally would.
The governor says this part of the system normally sees 125,000 riders per day and says he's let Metro-North know his frustration.
"I have impressed our colleagues at Metro-North who operated the system on our behalf that it is extremely important they rectify this problem and other problems which have been identified, needless to say I'm frustrated," said Malloy.
Malloy has asked Metro-North to consider credits.
For more information visit the MTA website.
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