CT Rail Commuter Council releases annual report

The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council released today its annual report on the state of the Metro-North railroad and area stations, which contains both bad and

FAIRFIELD - The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council released today its annual report on the state of the Metro-North railroad and area stations, which contains both bad and good news for riders.According to the report, last year Metro-North managed to avoid a fare hike, there was an increase in ridership and signal repair work began on the Danbury branch. "The railroad deserves a lot of credit for being able to run a railroad with cars that are older than most of the passengers," said Jim Cameron, chairman of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.The state of the rail cars is the council's greatest concern. They say the new M8 rail cars that were planned to roll into service by now have had setbacks and added costs that have delayed their introduction. A spokesperson for Metro-North said the railroad continues to work with the manufacturer of the new rail cars to eliminate the problems that have come to light during testing. The council says it could be years before all the new rail cars are in service.CT Rail Commuter Council's 2010 Annual Report

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