FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Metro-North will begin the process of upgrading the power supply for the New Haven Line at its Mount Vernon East substation on Saturday, April 19.
The railroad is replacing four, 35-year-old transformers with two new ones that will ensure reliability to handle additional power loads and allow electricity generated by the brakes of the railroad’s new fleet of M-8 rail cars to be fed back into the power grid.
The plan draws upon work already completed in the overall improvement of the power supply to the New Haven Line. One new transformer was installed at Mount Vernon last fall and is adequate to serve the power needs of the line. The second new transformer is being installed this weekend and connecting it will take about a month.
“The contingency plan is sound and is backed by this new Harrison tie system,” Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said in a statement. “Replacing this old substation is an important step in improving power supply to the New Haven Line overall.”
While the improvements reduce the possibility of a full power outage, it will still take up to two hours to activate the tie. Once the tie is activated, Metro-North will be able to operate regular train service through the area with some delays possible.