A letter to the editor appeared last month that very understandably criticized Metro-North service but then added, “Where are our state representatives and governor in this morass? All they do is pay lip service to giving us a better railroad, but they actually do nothing.”
While I sympathize with the letter writer’s complaints about Metro-North, I disagree with laying blame on state officials. In fact, our own state officials, Sen. Toni Boucher and Rep. Gail Lavielle, have been laudably diligent, persistent, and creative in keeping after Metro-North to improve service. Sadly, the federal report on the recent rash of serious accidents on Metro-North contains the key finding that Metro-North values performance over safety and then goes on to explain in detail its reasons for arriving at that very troubling conclusion.