Newsweek Puts Focus At Metro-North's Escalating Problems

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A recent Newsweek article was openly critical of the Metro North and the New Haven Line. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, N.Y. -- Metro-North's recent trials and tribulations have taken up much local media spotlight over the last year, but now Newsweek has taken aim at the beleaguered commuter rail in Fairfield County. 

Newsweek's online article focuses predominantly on the New Haven Line, making note of dirty passenger cars, uncomfortable seats, outdated equipment and how the newer M8 cars that have been phased in are experiencing technical problems, according to Newsweek. 

One commuter told Newsweek that "hitchhiking a ride to work with a serial killer seems like a more pleasant way to travel than commuting another day with Metro-North."

Click here to read the full article. 

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The Newsweek article is a shoddy piece of journalism, if one can even call it that. I urge you to read the comments that follow. At least the piece might bring national attention to a regional issue that has reached a crisis point, and it might spur our elected officials to be all over Metro North management like a bear on a beehive. The MTA monopoly has been accountable to no one. So consumers -- riders -- have gotten deferred maintenance, non- and mis-communication, crowding, decreased reliability and questionable safety for years of increased fares.

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