New Metro North Cars Add Impressive Technology

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Riders on the New Haven Line of Metro-North finally have something to celebrate.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

Metro North started rolling out its new rail cars this week and these new cars have made many technological leaps.

“If you saw what’s in the engineer’s cab, you could see all the systems and all the computer software,” Metro North president Howard Permut said. “It’s completely different than when you look at the older trains, which are so much more mechanically based.”

The new trains can run on third rail D.C. power and two kinds of overhead A.C. as far as Boston. The trains are also the most expensive, but for the MTA and the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation planners, they’re also the most flexible of trains.

Engineer Donald Wayland, who has more than 30 years of experience, said he likes the board diagnostics that allow him to keep track of more things and more systems on the train.

“I’m able to monitor a lot more of the equipment than before. I can see different things going on behind me whereas the older equipment I could never do that,” he said.

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  • Jay H.

    Still no Cupholders ?

  • Rhiannon

    Kevin, the Hold up is the State of Connecticut. The funds to pay for the new M-8’s will be available when the new Fiscal Years starts on July 1, 2011

  • dgt5855

    Will there be AC outlets or USB ports? Those are changes that directly benefit the riders. Come on Metro North, some love to the public!!

  • Devan

    What exactly do the riders have to celebrate? These technological upgrades don’t effect the ridership at all — just something new for the conductors to look at. Where’s the wifi, system track updates, etc.? Riders get nothing out of these fancy new cars.

  • Kevin


    there were only 8 cars placed on the line.

    The next 8 cars are scheduled for mid this year.

    What’s the hold up?

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