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Malloy: Train riders will be reimbursed

Published 10:59 am, Monday, September 30, 2013
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Reimbursements for lost train trips in the Metro-North crisis cannot wait until the November meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said this morning.

After a conference call with New York officials, Malloy told reporters that MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast will call board members to begin polling on what could be the authority's first reimbursement to ticket holders.

"I am quite confident that that's going to come about," Malloy said. "Mr. Prendergast indicated that he is going to have a discussion with his board members starting today with respect to what a reimbursement program will look like."

The governor said that as of 8:30 this morning, compared to a normal commuter day of 17,900 riders, the New Haven line had carried 13,400, "many of those having to stand while they were on the train." In addition, 1,000 Connecticut Metro-North commuters took advantage of bus service.

Malloy confirmed that Metro-North and the MTA have moved up the schedule for re-establishing a permanent connection in Harrison from Oct. 14 to Oct. 7.

"It is unclear whether that connection will be made early enough on the 7th of October to allow for restoration of service on the 7th or on the eighth," Malloy said. "That is an open question."

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