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Sen. McKinney: ‘Confidence in Metro-North at All-Time Low’

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) released the following statement Friday in response to the latest problem, which caused a two-hour delay in service Thursday night:

“Confidence in the Metro-North railroad is at an all-time low and we need to take serious steps to fix all of its problems and restore peace of mind to the riders who depend on it every day. There are both immediate and long-term problems that need to be addressed and, while nobody really wants to talk about it, everyone knows it’s going to cost money to implement the changes that need to be made. 

That’s one of the reasons why I cringe every year when Governor Malloy sweeps money out of our special transportation fund that we could otherwise use to help this rail system. He’s about to present a budget for 2014 and we cannot let him get away with it again this year. This rail system is vital to our state economy and, more importantly, to the family economies of all the commuters who rely on it.  We need to start treating it that way. A delay in addressing these problems now, will only cost us more in the long-run.”

steve sheppard January 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Jim is correct that conductors make over $100M a year with a very nice pension at the end. McKinney and our other local officials were all in favor of building the Ffd. Metro center at the expense of Metro North upgrades that the system has needed for years...I spoke to McKinney a few years ago and tried to explain why it was a waste of $ to build the Metro Center.
Igor January 27, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Did it help?
Matt Hutzelmann January 27, 2014 at 01:32 PM
It sure doesn't help that almost all of MTA's capital is being thrown into East Side Access. LIRR gets the shinny new toy, Metro North riders get nothing. One of the selling points of ESA was it would free up space at Penn Station for New Haven line trains to come into Penn. But sure doesn't look like there will be money for that. These continuing problems are a serious issue. As noted above, having direct train access to midtown Manhattan is a key feature of Fairfield County. If that access is unreliable, then our economy and the appeal of this area is going to be diminished.
Jim Eastwood January 27, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Good Afternoon ALL You are All Correct !!!!!The Politics of Transportation. Don't Blame the Labor, Look at the Administration AND Politicians Remember that State and FEDERAL laws govern Interstate Travel !!!!!!!! Hold the Politicians accountable !!!! As for Metro Center-----Parking lots still look a bit empty and Hey Where are the Bathrooms????? Have a Great Day(And Just Pay and Pay !!!!! your taxes!!!!!)
Matt Hutzelmann January 27, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Jim, I agree that CT politicians need to force the issue to MTA of getting the fair share of money to Metro North, considering how much we are paying for ESA. The problem is not Fairfield Metro Center. More stations like that and West Haven are positives that will benefit the regional economy. Multi-modal transport is the future, but we need a reliable system.

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