Mixed blessing for commuters on Metro-North's New Haven line

Metro-North commuters will have to wait another 10 years to see new train cars on the New Haven line. Because of budget restrictions, Metro-North plans to replace critical parts instead of cars over the next several years. Of the 380 cars, 241were bought in the early 1970s and some commuters say the conditions have gotten worse over the years. Commuters claim that at times there is no air conditioning on half the cars, and that rail's lavatory conditions are deplorable. The $149 million program will now allow Metro-North to replace all the vital components: the power systems, seats, floors and lighting. It could take several years to get through the parts replacement program, which is about the same amount of time it would take to get new cars in place.

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