Full service resumes on Northeast Corridor ahead of previous projections

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NEW YORK – MTA Metro-North Railroad has restored full train service on the Northeast Corridor, known as its New Haven Line, on Monday. This follows successful overnight tests of a major new electrical substation at Mount Vernon. Metro-North owns and maintains the line east of New York City.

Amtrak has removed all travel advisories for the Northeast Corridor from its website and says it will operate normal service on Monday between New York and Boston, including Acela Express.
 
“As soon as Con Edison fixed the power failure, Metro-North was on the ground speedily restoring service,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast says. "On behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, I want to thank our customers for their patience in the face of an unprecedented, 12-day service disruption. While authorities continue to investigate the cause of this failure, I want to thank the hundreds of people who worked tirelessly and safely to make needed repairs.”
 
“We have coped with many challenging situations in the past, including blackouts, but this persistent power outage was especially challenging, both to our customers and to Metro-North employees who worked relentlessly to provide the best possible alternative service,” Metro-North President Howard Permut says. “We are grateful to Metro-North workers who expedited testing of the new substation once Con Edison completed its work and we are grateful most of all to our customers who persevered with us through this latest adversity.”

The Sept. 25 failure of a 138,000-volt Con Edison feeder cable knocked out train service in an 8-mile section of the New Haven Line, the busiest passenger rail line in the country. The outage occurred during the construction and commissioning of the new, long-planned, $50 million substation installation that will enable the railroad to increase service on the line.
 
The previous week, the railroad carried about 80-90 percent of its normal New Haven Line ridership, although most trains were crowded and travel times were longer than usual.
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