Thursday, April 28, 2011
A flattened wheel on one of Metro-North’s new M-8 cars left half a dozen Westport residents stranded in East Norwalk early today, according to Metro-North and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
One of the new M-8 rail cars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The problem occurred on the 11:22 p.m. out of Grand Central which was scheduled to arrive in Westport at 12:28 a.m. Passengers told Joseloff the train began moving very slowly after Stamford and came to a complete halt at East Norwalk at about 1 a.m.
While about half a dozen Westport-bound passengers got off in East Norwalk, others waited for another New Haven-bound train that arrived 90 minutes later, said Joseloff who went to East Norwalk after being called by one of the passengers.
Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said a brake pad locked, became heated, and flattened one of the car’s wheels. She said maintenance personnel were reviewing on board computer logs to identify what caused the malfunction.
Joseloff said he mentioned the incident to Metro-North’s president, Howard Permut, a few hours later at an 8:15 a.m. meeting in Norwalk of the South Western Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Joseloff is vice chairman of the transportation policy-making organization for eight southwest Connecticut communities.
“I told him (Permut) I ferried some of the stranded passengers from East Norwalk to Westport,” he said. “He had just talked highly about the new cars and seemed surprised when I told him about the problem.”
Permut told the meeting there are 20 M-8 cars in service and that Metro-North hoped to have 60 to 80 of them in service by the end of the year, according to Joseloff.
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That’s a cool FS who, in the middle of the night, will go get stranded Westporters. I’m sure they were friends, but still a good mission.
Just because Metro North gets new cars doesn’t mean they will know how to operate or maintain them.
Looks like 2011-2012 is going to be a long cold, slow winter on Metro North.
New cars are a good start, but the real solution is to totally clean house and get rid of the hacks that have allowed Metro North to deteriorate—starting with Permut.