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Power failure stifles morning commute between Stamford and NYC; Limited service back up

Craig LeMoult

Commuters heading between Connecticut and New York can expect significant rail and highway delays.

Metro-North Railroad says service is extremely limited on the New Haven line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal due to a problem with a Con Edison cable feeder.

Con Ed says the railroad was doing work on the Mount Vernon substation when the feeder cable failed. The utility's crews are on the scene.

Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan says there’s usually a second cable that could serve as a backup, but Wednesday morning’s outage came at a bad time, because that second cable is currently out of service for an upgrade.

"It’s midway through a 4-week project," says Donovan, "and we’re not able to bring that other cable back."

Diesel trains are currently running and are making all local stops. The railroad is advising passengers to seek alternate transportation due to heavy crowds. Donovan says the delays may continue into Thursday morning's commute.

The MTA will continue to honor New Haven line tickets on the Harlem line.

There was no immediate estimate on when the problem might be fixed.

More information at mta.info