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Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti addresses a train forum at Westport Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

UPDATE (adds Metro-North comment) The timing could not have been worse. As Joseph Giulietti, president of Metro-North, spoke at a train forum Thursday night in the eastbound station house at Westport, a few feet away Westport commuters fumed as their train stopped but failed to open its doors before continuing on to Fairfield.

Westport commuter Janet Freedman shot off a letter soon afterward to Giulietti, Gov. Dan Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal telling them, “Thought you would want to know that Metro-North was outrageously unsafe once again.”

Freedman, an executive with New York-based Hanes Brands Inc., said she has been commuting on Metro-North from Westport for many years. Here is how she described what happened:

“I took the 7:07 train GCT to Westport tonight. At Stamford, we were told to switch trains—no explanation. New train stopped in South Norwalk, doors opened, passengers got off the train.

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