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Senators want NYC-Conn. rail power failure probe

September 29, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling for an investigation to find out what caused a power outage on a heavily used line of the nation's second-busiest commuter railroad.

Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., announced Sunday they had sent a letter to federal and state officials asking them to investigate the power failure.

The senators asked officials to investigate New York-based utility Consolidated Edison and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which oversees the Metro-North Railroad.

A feeder cable failure Wednesday has caused hourslong delays, traffic jams and interrupted service for tens of thousands of commuters.

A spokesman for Con Ed said it was working to restore power and determine the cause of the failure. The MTA said it was confident the failed feeder cable could deliver power.



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