CT, MTA consider Metro-North cuts

November 29, 2008 1:19:09 PM PST
Connecticut's Department of Transportation is considering cutting four Metro-North Railroad trains to help close a budget gap. The reductions would affect the New Haven Line, which Connecticut owns.

The state funds 65 percent of its costs and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which faces a $1.2 billion budget gap, funds the rest.

Officials say they are looking at off-peak trains that could be eliminated with the least disruption to customers.

However, some Connecticut officials worry cutting trains would undermine the state's efforts to boost mass transit use.

Other proposals include cutting dozens of MTA jobs, decreasing the number of cars on some trains to cut power costs and cleaning trains less frequently.

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