Trains may be back in service next week

The Metropolitan Transit Authority estimates it will not be until Oct. 8 that full service is restored on Metro-North’s New Haven line. The Associated Press is reporting Gov. Malloy said service could be restored by Oct. 7. In either case, that is a week sooner than original estimates.

On Monday, Metro-North is running at 50% capacity.

The MTA Board of Directors will be asked to approve a refund or credit toward future purchases for rail riders with monthly or weekly tickets.

Although Con Edison has installed temporary substations, the rail line still cannot operate at full capacity. The substations put in place are usually used to provide residential power.

A permanent fix to the failed Con Edison feeder cable is required to bring the eight-mile segment of track back to full power.

In an attempt to assist commuters, Metro-North has developed a park and ride plan with two free locations in Westchester County.

Commuters may park at Rye Playland — where there are 1,500 spaces — and catch a bus to the White Plains station. Another option is parking at the Kensico Dam at Park Drive West in Valhalla where there are 600 spaces and board the train at the Valhalla station. A bus will also take commuters to North White Plains. All three stops are on the Harlem line.

Extra trains have been added to the Harlem line but conditions are still expected to be crowded.