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Metro-North Says Improved Times On Tap For New Haven Line Trains

A Metro-North train in Westport, Conn. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

A Metro-North train in Westport, Conn. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Metro-North’s new president told New Haven line commuters to expect a smoother morning commute when new train schedules are released next month.

The announcement was made at a public forum Thursday night in Westport.

Metro-North said 83 percent of New Haven trains during morning peak times will run a few minutes faster under the new time-table, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.

But Jim Cameron with the Commuter Action Group believes the message is more about reliability than faster trains.

“If you’re waiting for a train that’s supposed to be there at 7:45, it will be there at 7:45,” he said. “And I think that even psychologically, that’s going to do a lot to improve commuter’s attitudes.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy is pushing Metro-North to maintain strong on-time performance goals.

In a letter to Metro-North president Joseph Giulietti, Malloy wrote: “I expect that the new schedule will reflect your commitment to deliver a comprehensive program of safe, reliable and fast service in Connecticut. Indeed, Connecticut will not approve the new schedule without it.”

WEB EXTRA: Read Malloy’s Full Letter (pdf)

In his letter to Giulietti, Malloy also urged the railroad to embrace half-hourly off-peak service from New Haven.

The governor added safety, reliability and a timely ride are mutually attainable for Metro-North.

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