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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lawmakers: Time to Replace Metro-North?

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

While several legislators suggested Connecticut should find a new operator for its commuter rail service to New York City, the state’s top transportation official said today replacing Metro-North is not a viable option right now.

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport was among Transportation Committee members quizzing Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials today at the Hartford hearing.“Thank you for submitting to our version of shoot-the-messenger,” he told DOT Commissioner James Redeker before he began his questioning. WestportNow.com photo from CT-N

Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker also defended the rail service, noting that while changes must be made in response to recent crashes and other mishaps, Metro-North has had an “exemplary track record” for three decades.

“Who could replace them as a vendor?” Sen. Andrew Maynard D-Stonington, asked Redeker during a Transportation Committee meeting on the embattled commuter service.

Maynard, who co-chairs the panel, did not insist upon replacing Metro-North, but said Connecticut should investigate any options it has to the authority that has provided its commuter service for more than three decades. “It would be a shame only to react to tragedy.”

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