Greenwich Legislative Delegation Welcomes Arrival of New M-8 Rail Cars Operating on New Haven Line

March 1, 2011

Hartford – The Greenwich, Connecticut state legislative delegation today welcomed the arrival of the first eight new M8 rail cars, which have been put into service on the New Haven Line. The new cars will run on the commuter line between New Haven and New York City, operated by Metro-North under a contract with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT).

“These new rail cars represent a major step forward for public transportation in the state of Connecticut. It is a win for commuters, as well as a win for our economy and ultimately for our environment,” said Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36). “I am very hopeful that the improved experience and reliability of the equipment will more than make up for the delays in the launching of the new service.”

In all, 380 new rail cars will replace an aging fleet of cars that are outdated and underperforming. According to DOT, 26 new cars will be in service this spring; 80 by the end of the year; and the entire fleet is expected to be fully operational by 2013. This winter, 40% of the old fleet was taken off-line due to mechanical problems caused by snow and ice. The new cars will be better equipped to handle such conditions.

“It is so great to see plans to improve the convenience and dependability of rail service come to fruition. Stamford and Greenwich commuters will immediately appreciate the impact of the new cars and the more frequent service,” said Representative Livvy Floren (R-149).

“These new cars have been a long time in coming and will certainly help alleviate the problems commuters have had this winter. Let’s get the remaining cars on line!” said Representative Lile Gibbons (R-150).

“The new rail cars and increased service will be a great help in getting Fairfield County commuters to and from work. More options make rail transportation a viable alternative to dealing with the bumper to bumper traffic on Connecticut roads. After the winter we’ve had, it’s nice to see Connecticut’s transportation system making progress,” said Representative Fred Camillo (R-151).

The New Haven Line, which services approximately 63,000 daily customers, will return to its regular schedule on March 7th.