Metro-North: Metro-North Buses-For-Trains Swap Hits Bumps

Feb 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Transportation

Nearly half the fleet of 30- and 40-year-old electric trains on the New Haven line is frozen or damaged by the severe winter, so Metro-North pulled its two heavy-duty diesels off the lightly used Waterbury-to-Bridgeport route last week to put them into service on the main line. It replaced the diesel trains with bus transportation.

via Metro-North: Metro-North Buses-For-Trains Swap Hits Bumps – Courant.com.

STAMFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with Metro-North Railroad officials on Thursday to talk about how to keep the battered fleet rolling while new cars are tested. Metro-North President Howard Permut said he and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder spoke with Malloy in his Hartford office about the backlog of damaged M-2, M-4 and M-6 cars and how the lack of shop space at the New Haven railyard and Stamford maintenance facility has slowed repairs.

via Malloy, rail honchos talk about train woes – Connecticut Post.

From Gov. Dannel Maloy’s office, Feb. 10, 2011:

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today met with Metro-North President Howard Permut and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay H. Walder to talk more about the disruption in service on Metro-North’s New Haven line, and what can be done going forward. Mr. Permut and Mr. Walder met with Governor Malloy in his office in Hartford earlier today.

“The fact that Metro-North’s New Haven line is the busiest in the United States offers little solace to the commuters who depend on its service every day,” said Governor Malloy. “The issues we’re experiencing there are illustrative of the problems our state is facing generally – for too long we’ve deferred our problems, and instead, we’ve covered them up with a band-aid until some later date. Well, the band-aid has worn off and there is no later date. The average age of the New Haven railcar fleet is 32 years, versus the average age of other lines’ fleets which is 6 years – it’s no wonder the New Haven line is having trouble keeping up. And I’m very mindful of the concerns of the commuters who use the Waterbury line, who’ve gotten the short end of the stick over the years.  I’m determined to address their legitimate concerns as quickly as time and resources allow.

“Mr. Permut and I had a broad discussion about a capital investment program to get new cars on line as soon as possible. The final stage of testing for the current M8 cars is scheduled to begin shortly, and my bond commission agenda includes funding for the final 38 cars. I’m not pretending this will solve all of our problems – it won’t. But I don’t have the luxury – nor do I have the inclination – to wait around and let someone else deal with this. I asked Mr. Permut for regular updates on the cars currently being repaired, as well as the reduced winter schedule.

“There is no silver bullet, but I am committed to getting the New Haven line back to where it needs to be to serve the people of Connecticut.”

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