On Sunday afternoon, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a $10 million dollar project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line
Malloy announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will undertake the project to upgrade the power supply for the New Haven Line beginning on Monday, February 3.
The project aims to prevent the type of complete power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, New York, seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line for several days.
Metro-North operates the New Haven Line under a contract with ConnDOT and will manage the project in conjunction with Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). CL&P has been contracted to install new transformers to replace four aging transformers at Cos Cob, in Greenwich, to ensure reliability and safe operation of the electric supply that powers New Haven Line trains. This will implement redundant power for this portion of the New Haven Line and increase the power supply by almost doubling the capacity of the two west transformers from 16 megawatts to 30 megawatts and matching the capacity of the two east transformers that have already been replaced.
Malloy also announced his plans to meet face-to-face with the incoming President of Metro-North, Joe Giulietti, and Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Metro-North’s parent agency, on February 13 to discuss his concerns about the operation of the New Haven Line.