STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A late train added to the grumbling of early morning commuters needing a ride on a Metro-North train Thursday , as the commuter line deals with a power outage that has limited train service.
The first train left Stamford at 5:20 this morning.
"What a nightmare," said Owen Carragher. "This is going to be pretty brutal."
"I knew I should have been on the first one, but I just couldn't get out of bed that early, but we'll see how it goes."
Passenger Will Cutts said the train station never looks like it did this morning.
"Never, you just have to live with what's going on, hopefully it will get better soon," said Will Cutts.
The second train took off at 20 of six.
"There was one hiccup in the plan, but we have recovered from that," Metro-North President Howard Permut said.
Permut says he understands riders frustration.
"I want to tell our riders to please be patient, we are working through this situation," he said. "This year we have had more incidents on the New Haven line than what we wanted."
Right now, they can only accommodate a third of their normal 125,000 riders after a massive Con Ed feeder cable went down as they worked to replace aging infrastructure.
Now, Permut is hoping they'll be able to at least get some electric trains running in the next few days.
"There's a certain amount of power we need to run a regular schedule," he said, "if we can get a portion of that then we would run a portion of a regular schedule."
More trains is good news to passengers, as they don't want to be too cozy with their fellow commuters and they're bound to the rails.
"You can't park in Manhattan, so you have to take the train," Cutts said.
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