Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By Joseph GiuliettiSpecial to WestportNow
The past year has been a challenging one for Metro-North Railroad – for its 270,000 daily customers, for its 6,000 employees, for the taxpayers in New York and Connecticut who support its operations and for the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on a safe, efficient and well-run railroad to get to work, school and home.
As the new president of Metro-North, I have a clear message for all of them: Safety must come first at Metro-North, and it will come first.
Not train speed. Not on-time performance. Not adding new service. Safety.
For years, Metro-North was called the best commuter railroad in the country. Ridership grew every year –- not just into Manhattan on weekday mornings, but from Manhattan and the Bronx to employment hubs in the suburbs and between suburban destinations all day long, seven days a week. Our customers could rely on us, and on some mornings, every single train arrived on time.
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