Metro-North Railroad

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A power outage that snarled service to Connecticut on the Metro-North Rail Road Wednesday will cause commuting headaches for up to three weeks, the MTA and Con Edison said.

A Con Edison feeder cable that powers Metro-North trains on the New Haven line went out shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The MTA was forced to switch to diesel trains that are running once an hour in each direction between Grand Central Terminal and Stamford, making all local stops, according to agency spokeswoman Marjorie Anders.

New Haven line service, cut to a tenth of a normal day, will likely disrupt the morning commute.

"It's extremely limited service," Anders said.

The MTA is working on a shuttle plan for the Thursday morning commute. Con Edison is fixing the electrical cable, but a statement on the utility company's website said "repairs of this nature typically take 2-3 weeeks." Further, another feeder cable that sends power to the New Haven line is out for scheduled repairs as Metro-North upgrades equipment.

Meanwhile, Con Edison is looking for an alternative power source for the Mentro-North New Haven line.

Commuters from Connecticut are being encouraged to look for other means of travel..

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