After what’s been a painful year at Metro-North, new leadership stepped in a few weeks ago, and he’s already begun making the rounds, promising improvement and change. Joseph Giulietti worked for Metro-North during its early days, helping to stabilize and improve a railroad that was neglected in many ways by its previous ownership, and helped turn it into a stronger commuter railroad. Now, after an extended absence, he’s back to try to do it again in some ways. Continue reading
The company for which I’m employed, Pixafy, moved offices in September. Unlike the last move, which was literally a block uptown from the previous office, but both were around 31st Street and Park Avenue South, this time we made a larger move and ended up at 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, putting us right outside of Times Square. The adjustment to the commute over, I’ve been increasingly taking in what my commute now contains. Continue reading
Passengers await an “extra” Metro-North train as it pulls up to a crowded platform in Stamford this morning.
Wednesday morning, Metro-North had its latest problem strike when a feeder line powering a portion of the lower New Haven Line fail, eliminating all electric service into Grand Central Terminal. The resulting changes that have followed have been limited, challenging and at times frustrating. Yet it also shows an agency that manages to work through yet another emergency with some pretty skillful and creative strategies. Continue reading
A picture I took of an M8 at Stamford station at a time when I saw them much more often.
Metro-North Railroad is in the middle of replacing its older train cars with a model called the M8, manufactured by Kawasaki. They include such features as pre-recorded audio with station stop announcements (and matching signage), higher headrests one every seat (and easier grips for people to be able to safely move about), and other technology advancements that come with redesigning a train car 40 years after the last major redesign.
The only problem is, I’m having trouble finding them. Continue reading