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Monday, April 23 News

Metro-North RR president set for rail forum Thursday in Westport

The president of beleaguered Metro-North Railroad is scheduled to attend a local forum for commuters set for Thursday at the Saugatuck train station.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the eastbound terminal, according to state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, one of the organizers.

Joseph Giulietti, the recently named Metro-North president, will be on hand, Steinberg said, as well as members of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee; state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Connecticut Commuter Rail Council Vice Chairman John Hartwell.

The forum will feature an update on Metro-North's operations, as outlined in the 100 Days Plan presented to state officials last month by Giulietti, which included a summary of more than a dozen recommendations.

It will also serve as an opportunity for Metro-North and state transportation officials to discuss the status of the plan and frame a timetable for when riders can expect to see tangible results, Steinberg said.

The public is invited to attend and will be able to recount firsthand experiences riding Metro-North.

The rail line has come under scrutiny in recent months following a series of serious setbacks, including a collision between two evening rush-hour trains last May at the Bridgeport-Fairfield border injuring scores of passengers; several serious power interruptions that disrupted service for days, and a derailment on the Hudson Line last December that killed four people and injured dozens.