The first train featuring the long-delayed new M8 rail cars entered service Tuesday morning on the Metro-North New Haven Line. A local train featuring eight of the new cars left Stamford at 10:30, bound for Grand Central Terminal in New York.
The railroad says 26 of the new cars have been delivered so far, and all should be in service this spring. The railroad says 80 of the new cars should be in service by the end of the year, though it will take until 2013 to get all 380 new cars into service.
Metro-North has been plagued by equipment problems this winter– forcing it to curtail peak service by roughly ten percent and replace train service with bus service on the Waterbury Branch Line so that the trains could be put into service on the main line.