Commuters Rejoice: New Cars and Normal Service!

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Ancient commuter train cars, one with a door that flies open in mid-trip. Newly purchased replacement cars that cannot pass initial inspections. And an administrative bureaucracy, frustrated by harsh winter weather, that simply gives up on the challenge of maintaining normal rush hour service.

Southwestern Connecticut commuters who ride the Metro-North railroad have experienced all of these indignities during the past few months; our intrepid bloggers have assiduously covered each new bit of bad news. But now we are delighted to share some good news with you!

Namely, there are now (finally) a few new train cars rolling on the New Haven line. Though more than two years will pass until all 380 new cars have replaced the relics currently in operation, commuters can now expect the first 26 cars to be in service by the spring season.

Furthermore, the recent warming trend – a delightful break in the previous succession of gigantic snowstorms – has led Metro-North officials to promise a return to normal rush hour service as early as this week. Many thanks to Punxsutawney Phil for calling for an early end to winter on Groundhog Day, thus eliminating the meteorological scourge on Metro-North’s rail stock.

In town hall meetings around the state, Governor Malloy continues to acknowledge that our public transportation system remains underfunded. Nevertheless, in southwestern Connecticut, travelers have good reason to be a bit more optimistic about the condition of our Nutmeg State.

Contributed by Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA, Accounting Professor at Providence College and President of Enterprise Mgt. Corp.

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