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Malloy To ConEd: Fix New Haven Line Quicker

Gov. Dannel Malloy told ConEd in a letter that repairs to the New Haven Line must be completed before Oct. 22.
Gov. Dannel Malloy told ConEd in a letter that repairs to the New Haven Line must be completed before Oct. 22. Photo Credit: File photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel Malloy wrote a letter Friday afternoon to Kevin Burke, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Edison Corp., urging the utility to prioritize repairs to the Metro-North feeder cables on the New Haven Line.

He also added in the letter that the current scheduled completion date is unacceptable.

“When I met with Con Ed and MTA leadership on September 26, I was informed that these repairs typically take two to three weeks. I understand that the current estimate for completing the repair is not until October 22, almost a month after the cable failed,” Malloy wrote. “This corridor is too critical to our economy to have this repair delayed any longer.  I urge you to apply all possible resources and scheduling techniques to complete this project much sooner than October 22.”

Malloy also reiterated his appeal for Con Ed to reimburse MTA and the state for the costs associated with the service outage, including service expenses, lost revenue and customer refunds.

“The importance of this line to our local economy cannot be understated,” he wrote. “By conservative estimates, the recent disruption caused a loss of $62 million to my state’s economy. Another disruption will only amplify that cost. It is in the long term interest of our region to have a safe and reliable New Haven Line.”

Here is the full letter.

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