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Conn.-NYC rail returns to normal for commuters

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published October 07. 2013 6:00AM   Updated October 07. 2013 6:20AM

Hartford (AP) — The railroad is back to normal for Connecticut and New York commuters.

Nearly two weeks after a failed electrical circuit cut power to Metro-North's busy New Haven line, the commuter rail line returned to a full schedule of trains for rush-hour Monday morning to Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North said a new electrical substation has been activated at Mount Vernon, N.Y. An electrical circuit had failed, disrupting rail service since Sept. 25. The disruption reduced rail travel to half of typical service.

The return to normal should bring relief to Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway and other highways in southwest Connecticut that were choked with commuters seeking alternative routes into New York.

Metro-North is working to refund ticket holders unable to get train service during the 12-day outage.

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