The Wall Street Journal is reporting it could be weeks before Metro North Service is restored back to normal.
"In a written statement, a spokesman for the utility said it could take two to three weeks to repair the 138 kilovolt feeder cable that failed just after 5:20 a.m. The cable brings high voltage power from the Con Ed grid to the railroad’s overhead catenary wires, which power both Metro-North and Amtrak trains through the New Haven line corridor."
From Metro North ...
Limited Bus/Train Service in Effect on the New Haven Line Beginning Thursday, Sept. 26
Limited Bus/Train Service will be provided for the New Haven Line beginning with AM Peak service on Thursday, September 26 and until further notice due to the loss of a Con Edison feeder that supply traction power to the line's electric fleet.
The service plan can accommodate approximately 33% of the regular ridership on the New Haven Line.
As a result:
-Customers are strongly encouraged to stay home or should seek alternate service
-New Haven Line tickets continue to be cross honored on the Harlem Line
-Customers should expect crowded conditions and should listen for announcements at their station
Bus Service will be provided on the Waterbury branch and limited shuttle train service will operate on the Danbury and New Canaan Branches.
AM Peak Service
To Grand Central:
From New Haven to Stamford train service will be provided every 20-30 minutes and will connect with:
-Limited diesel train service from Stamford operating directly to Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
-Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Stamford through Rye Stations; connecting with express bus service to White Plains Station for Harlem Line train service to Grand Central
From Harrison to Grand Central Terminal service will be provided as follows:
-Limited local train service every 20-30 minutes from Harrison through New Rochelle Stations and operating directly to Fordham, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal
-Bus Service from Pelham and Mount Vernon East to Mount Vernon West for Harlem Line train service
From Grand Central:
-Limited diesel train service will be provided every 30-40 minutes from GCT and making all local stops to Stamford; with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
To Grand Central:
-Hourly shuttle service between New Haven (departing every 45 minutes after the hour) and Stamford with local train service operating every half hour between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.
From Grand Central:
-Train service operating every half hour (:04 and :34 after the hour) out of Grand Central making all local stops to Stamford with hourly connections at Stamford for train service to New Haven.
PM Peak Service
From Grand Central to Stamford/New Haven:
-Limited service from Grand Central direct to Stamford with connections to New Haven provided every 20-30 minutes.
-Harlem Line Service to White Plains Station with express bus service to Rye Station for local train service between Rye and Stamford operating every 20-30 minutes
From Grand Central to Harrison:
-Limited train service from Grand Central to New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison Stations
-Harlem Line train service to Mount Vernon West for Bus Service to Pelham and Mount Vernon East Stations
Please visit our schedules page later this evening for complete schedule information through 3 PM tomorrow.
Metro-North is working with Con Edison to try to establish alternative power sources to serve the New Haven Line. Con Ed crews are working around the clock to make repairs to a feeder cable that failed earlier today. Another feeder normally providing service to the New Haven Line was out on scheduled repairs to accommodate upgrades required by Metro-North.
From Gov. Dannel Malloy:
METRO-NORTH RIDERS URGED TO SEEK ALTERNATE SERVICE DUE TO POWER FAILURE
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is urging riders of Metro-North’s New Haven Line to seek alternate service and avoid taking the train today, Wednesday, September 25, 2013, if at all possible, due to the loss of Con Edison feeders that supply power to the line between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal.
Extremely limited train service using diesel locomotives between Grand Central and Stamford is now in effect, running hourly and making all local stops to Stamford. Electric train service between New Haven and Stamford will continue to operate.
Metro-North is warning that this service plan can accommodate 10 percent of the regular ridership on the New Haven Line. As a result, customers should seek alternate service and expect crowded conditions. New Haven Line tickets continue to be cross honored on the Harlem Line. Con Edison is working at the scene to assess the extent of the damage and then determine the length of time to return power to the New Haven Line.
For the remainder of today, Wednesday, September 25, 2013, extremely limited train service using diesel locomotives on the New Haven Line will remain in effect between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal due to the loss of Con Edison feeders that supply traction power to the NHL electric fleet.
Hourly Eastbound Service is being provided from Grand Central Terminal (leaving every ten minutes after the hour) and making all local stops to Stamford. Hourly Westbound Service is being provided from Stamford (leaving Stamford on the hour) and making all local stops to Grand Central Terminal. Electric train service from New Haven (leaving approximately 14 minutes after every hour) to/from Stamford will continue to operate.