Flooding and other storm damage left by heavy rains Wednesday caused transit problems Thursday for commuters.
The MTA is expected to approve a plan to allow the purchase of train tickets using smartphones and other devices.
After nearly two centuries of using paper tickets, the commuter lines are going high tech.
The agency approved an additional $11.3 million contract to speed up the retrofitting of hundreds of Metro-North and LIRR coaches for Positive Train Control.
Metro-North says the new schedules are “designed to provide substantially improved performance and reliability while accommodating new safety measures.”
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 move comes two weeks after a National Transportation Safety Board report revealed that the engineer in December’s deadly derailment has been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.
In a letter to Metro-North president Joseph Giulietti, Gov. 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.”
The railroad has been beefing up its power supply system since a Con Ed feeder cable blew out in Mount Vernon late last September. Service came to a screeching halt on the New Haven line for nearly two weeks.
Many respondents said they noticed no improvement over the last few months and the most common complaint was late trains.
Metro-North heating and air conditioning mechanic Samuel Rivera, 39, was aboard the Manhattan-bound train on Dec. 1 when it derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
A medical document made available Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said engineer William Rockefeller has “severe obstructive sleep apnea.”
Two people were killed by trains in separate Manhattan incidents early Sunday morning.
Metro-North’s new president Joseph Giulietti, who took over earlier this year, has said the railroad will put safety as the top priority over being on time.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the Metro-North will have an extra New Haven Line train on Sunday for fans to travel to and from Madison Square Garden.