Letter: Reps not doing enough on Metro-North

To the Editors:

If you’ve ever taken a train in Japan or Europe and juxtapose that experience with a ride on Metro-North’s Danbury line, you’ve seen a 21st-Century transportation system compared with the iron horse of the 19th Century. Inept, incompetent, titular, absentee Metro-North management is the primary problem. Again, compare the professional looking and acting train operating personnel in Japan or Europe (they have pride in their work) with the disheveled, uncaring operators of Metro-North trains, and it’s not difficult to see that no one actually manages that enterprise.

In the more than three decades I’ve had the pleasure of riding the rails, I continue to ask myself one fundamental question: 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. Even the hard-working affluent are entitled to representation!

I demand a better ride and I define it this way: The ride between Grand Central and Wilton should take about the same time as the ride to Westport. Our 6:52 a.m. peak train from Wilton used to arrive at GCT at 8:09 a.m. Now it’s the 6:48 a.m. that arrives at best at 8:20 a.m. and some days 8:30 a.m.! The 6:50 a.m. from Westport arrives at 7:58 a.m.

As for me, I will not vote for any incumbent for re-election until I have a Westport-quality ride on the Danbury line. My fellow commuters are strongly encouraged to do the same.

Nicholas R. Battista

Hickory Hill Road, March 6