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Metro-North Struggles In Heavy Snow Season

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A warning for commuters at the Metro-North station - New Rochelle, NY - Jan 28, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A warning for commuters at the Metro-North station – New Rochelle, NY – Jan 28, 2011 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Metro-North’s New Haven line has been hit hard by the repeated snowstorms in New York’s metropolitan area.

The railroad said it’s been forced to operate with fewer than scheduled trains because of the snow and extreme cold. It said about 40 percent of its New Haven line cars are out of service.

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It has therefore issued a reduced winter schedule for the New Haven line, from Feb. 7 through March 4. This means that weekday morning and evening peak service will be reduced about 10 percent.

A Sunday schedule will be in effect for both Saturdays and Sundays, starting this weekend.

Metro-North said it is working round-the-clock to repair the cars. It says almost 70 percent of its electric fleet is over 40 years old.

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