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New Haven Metro-North Service Running At 50 Percent

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Metro-North customers on the New Haven line are going to have to deal with a few more commuting headaches in the days ahead.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority advises riders to expect crowded conditions and delays, possibly for several more weeks, stemming from a cable failure on Wednesday that disrupted service on the line.

Commuters between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal have been forced to use limited service diesel trains, or make other travel plans.

The MTA is hoping to get the line back to 50 percent capacity Monday, once a makeshift electrical substation comes online.

Con Edison says the goal is to have the original Mount Vernon power feeder working by Monday, October 11.

Sen. Charles Schumer was joined by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal in Grand Central Terminal on Sunday to talk about the situation.

Schumer says he cannot fathom why it happened in the first place.

"The most outrageous and baffling part of this is there is a backup line. In other words there are two lines that provide electric power to Metro-North. How did both go wrong at once? That's the question. What's the point of a backup line if it does no backup?" Schumer said.

The MTA released a statement saying, in part, "As we wait for Con Edison to supply more electricity, our focus remains on providing as much additional service as possible in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour."

The MTA is also offering 8,600 free park-and-ride spaces.

In the city, riders can take shuttle buses from Orchard Beach to connect to the 6 subway line.

Another lot near Yankee Stadium will have a thousand spaces so riders can take the subway or the Metro North Hudson Line.

For the latest transit updates, visit mta.info.

Meantime, Amtrak says its Acela Express service will resume Monday on a limited schedule.

Northeast Regional service will continue operating under diesel power, meaning delays are still possible.

For more information, visit amtrak.com.

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