The MTA is cutting Metro-North railroad New Haven line commuter trains by 10% to a “Reduced Winter Schedule” February 7 to March 4. In addition, Saturday trains will run on a Sunday schedule, cutting those runs by about half, starting Feb. 5.
On a notice left on train seats Thursday, MNR President Howard Permut writes about what commuters already know: “The extreme winter weather’s repeated pummeling of the region has had a devastating impact on our New Haven line….The situation is dire. on a daily basis, there are close to 150 (40%) cars out of service on the New Haven line.”
It’s a PR nightmare following closely on the heels of the open door video.
He explains the the age of the fleet – most of the cars are over 40 years old – makes component of cars, such as motors, brake and doors, extremely vulnerable to snow. And it doesn’t help that much of the overhead line system is more than 100 years old, as are many of the movable bridges.
The MTA is “hopeful” the M8 rail cars will be the panacea, and soon. (Video and bad music here)
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More Blizzardly Misery for New Haven Line in trainjotting.com