Power failure interrupts train service, shows state of U.S. electrical reliability

10/1/2013 | Bloomberg

It could cost $3 billion to make repairs on the New Haven line of Metro-North Railroad near New York City to improve its reliability. A power failure on Sept. 25 shut down 8 miles of the line, which hurt Amtrak service as well since it, too, uses the line. Metro-North said it has been making upgrades, and Con Edison, the electric utility, is to blame. However, Ruth Johnson, the vice president of engineering at High Energy, noted, "The electric system in general in this country is older and it is being used in a higher capacity."

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