Metro-North Railroad to get upgrade
February 26, 2014 by Mark
On February 2, 2014, Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Metro-North Railroad will get an upgrade worth $10 million. The money will go to the Connecticut Department of Transportation for improvements to the railroad’s New Haven Line, which is the busiest route in the nation, carrying more than 100,000 people daily. New Haven is 39 miles from Hartford, and commuters from both cities use Metro-North.
The upgrade is designed to prevent power failures by upgrading the route’s power supply. Connecticut Light and Power will be doing the work, which comprises installing four new transformers at Cos Cob in Greenwich. The work will almost double the amount of power produced, as it increased from 16 to 30 megawatts.
The first transformer will be installed Monday with work slated to be finished in 16 days’ time. The second replacement will take place as soon as the first is done and is expected to be finished by mid-March. The Connecticut Department of Transportation says when the first transformer goes off-line, service will be provided by the east and west substations and a fully active emergency transformer will remain on standby. The work is being done to make sure riders enjoy safe and reliable transport.
Metro-North could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents describing the work and any planned interruptions in service.