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Report: Conn. Commuters Will Have To Foot Bill For MTA Refunds

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NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Metro-North Railroad riders on the New Haven line holding monthly and weekly passes will get credit for their troubles since last week’s power failure.

Even though Connecticut riders will be getting refunds, most of the refund money will be coming from the state’s commuters, according to the Norwalk Citizen.

“The refund is really being paid for by commuters and taxpayers in Connecticut,” Jim Cameron, a Connecticut Rail Commuter Council member, said.

The Norwalk Citizen reports that 65 percent of Connecticut’s MTA service is paid by commuters and taxpayers, while only 35 percent is paid by New York.

Gov. Dannel Malloy believes Con Edison is to blame for last Wednesday’s disruption when a circuit failed in Mount Vernon, N.Y. It is not known though if the power company will help pay for the refunds.

“The decision to reimburse commuters is unprecedented, and we are working out exactly how it will be implemented,” Andrew Doba, the governor’s spokesman, told the Norwalk Citizen. “Considering that Con Ed has essentially taken responsibility for the service disruption, the governor continues to believe that they should be responsible for the reimbursement.”

Cameron believes it could be a dire situation if Con Ed doesn’t help pay.

“If we don’t get money from Con Ed specifically, it’s not good,” Cameron told the Norwalk Citizen. “There’s not a pot of money at Metro-North that’s available for fares.”

The MTA Board on Tuesday approved credit toward future purchases for New Haven Line customers with monthly or weekly tickets valid for travel between Sept. 25 and the restoration of full service.

Metro-North officials also announced Tuesday that service on the line will be increased to about 65 percent of normal this week.

Officials say normal commuter rail service between New Haven and New York City should resume by Oct. 7 or Oct. 8.

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