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Railroad, Power Company Working To Prevent Future Loss Of Train Service

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Craig Ivey,  President,  Con Edison (Courtesy CT-N)

Craig Ivey, President, Con Edison (Courtesy CT-N)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The two top officials at Metro-North Railroad and ConEdison say they’re working together to prevent future power problems like the one that disrupted service along the busy commuter rail line last month.

ConEdison President Craig Ivey and MTA Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut testified Monday in Bridgeport during a congressional field hearing organized by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Ivey said a forensic analysis should be completed by early November to determine what caused an electric feeder cable to fail on Sept. 25, forcing the railroad to reduce rail service by half. The disruption lasted 12 days.
Ivey told the subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security that ConEdison had “not seen failures on these feeders” and the outage was “something we’ve not seen in our history.”

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