Transportation
11:48 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Fairfield Rail Commuter Event Draws Complaints About Metro-North

Over 100 people attended a Metro-North commuter speakout in Fairfield on Tuesday night.
Over 100 people attended a Metro-North commuter speakout in Fairfield on Tuesday night.
Credit @CTRailCommuters

Over 100 people attended a forum in Fairfield on Tuesday night intended for Metro-North commuters to talk about problems plaguing the rail service. Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker attended the event at the Pequot Library and took questions.

Riders complained about service delays caused by electrical problems, crowded trains, and heating and cooling problems. Some commuters also accused Connecticut and Metro-North officials of not caring about them, and not wanting to take responsibility.

The event was sponsored by The Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby, which had advertised on a flyer, "Railroad performance is not acceptable! Connecticut commuters pay the highest rail fares in the U.S., and our state pays Metro-North $73 million a year to run the trains."

At the event, @CTRailCommuters tweeted several remarks. "SRO" refers to standing room only on the trains.

A Metro-North derailment in the Bronx in December left four people dead and another in Bridgeport last May injured scores of people. Power outages and downed wires have stranded hundreds of passengers this year. 

The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council is holding another forum on Metro-North service at 7:00 pm on Wednesday in Stamford.

For more coverage of Tuesday's event:

"Commuters Rail at Metro-North RR for Litany of Woes," by Martin B. Cassidy in The Fairfield Citizen

"Angry Metro-North Riders Demand Action, Not More Promises," by Don Stacom in The Hartford Courant

This report includes information from The Associated Press.