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Metro-North Ridership Up, But Service Still Problematic

A Metro-North train - Stamford, CT - Oct 4, 2010 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A Metro-North train – Stamford, CT – Oct 4, 2010 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

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PORTCHESTER, NY (WCBS 880) - An increase in ridership on Metro-North Railroad doesn’t make its riders any happier.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports from Portchester

Railroad officials tell the Journal News that the New Haven Line, especially between Stamford and New Haven, led the way in the ridership increase.

Metro-North nearly passed the LIRR for ridership.

But riders in Portchester on Thursday morning weren’t elated by this news, as they are still dealing with problems from the severe winter weather, as well as other issues.

“The delivery on their new cars are now pushed back further,” one man told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

“That wouldn’t be acceptable in the private sector,” said another man. “Heads would be rolling. It shouldn’t be acceptable here.”

Up to 100 new cars will be in service by the end of the year and MTA officials said at Wednesday night’s Commuter Council meeting in Connecticut that the first batch of M8 rail cars is expected to pull in for riders next month.

Well over 100 Metro-North trains have been sidelined by weather-related maintenance issues this season and a modified schedule has been put in place.