Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday called for an investigation into whether the Metro-North rail line should ever rely on one power line to service the trains responsible for transporting thousands of commuters.

“Since we now know what a catastrophic event looks like based on what’s happened in New York, I don’t want to see that happen anywhere else on the line and certainly don’t want to see it happen in Connecticut,” Malloy told reporters during a Monday morning press conference at the State Armory in Hartford.

“I think they are going to have to develop a new protocol so that we don’t have one-line feeds ever again on the system,” the governor said. “I think that they need to develop literally overnight protocols that will not lead to any additional single feeds.”

Power to the New York-Connecticut line — one of the nation’s busiest commuter lines — was lost last Wednesday. Diesel-powered rail cars have helped replaced 50 percent of the lost capacity.

“I know there’s frustration and anger,” Malloy said, adding that there are some situations where trains couldn’t let more waiting passengers on board.

The rail is expected to be fully operational by Oct. 7, Malloy said.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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