Itching for a fight, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has written Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast to demand that Con Ed pay for refunds for MetroNorth customers with monthly passes who can’t use them.
Here’s part of the letter to the MTA’s Prendergast:
Not only has Metro-North service been severely disrupted, this incident has also caused disruption in the critical Boston-New York Corridor served by Amtrak. This incident has had an enormous – and unacceptable – impact on the economies of Connecticut and New York,” Governor Malloy said in the letter dated October 1.
In crafting the refund plan, I suggest your Board make it clear that it is Con Ed who is ultimately responsible, and that it is Con Ed who should underwrite the refunds, even as they are administered by MNR and MTA. Con Ed should also be responsible for any and all additional costs related to the interim service plan and the ultimate restoration of service.
UPDATE!!!! THE MTA reports:
The Board of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) today approved a credit for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line customers with monthly or weekly tickets during the ongoing power outage. The railroad also announced that service on the line will be increased to about 65% of normal on Wednesday.
“Because of the unprecedented magnitude and duration of this disruption, the MTA Board has concluded that a credit for our customers is simply the right thing to do,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said. “I want to thank my fellow board members for taking swift action to address this situation while we work to support Con Edison in restoring full power to the line.”
At a special meeting today the MTA Board approved a credit toward future purchases for New Haven Line customers with monthly or weekly tickets valid for travel between September 25, 2013 and the restoration of full service.