A Friday surprise for some railroad commuters today. The State Department of Transportation says eight more of the new M-8 rail cars went into service on the New Haven line of Metro-North. It brings the number of new cars now on the corridor to 16, running between New Haven and New York City.
The first train with the long-delayed cars went into service two and a half weeks ago. 80 new cars are expected to be in service by the end of this year — and 380 by 2013.
Equipment problems and delays in repairs because of the need to deal with the winter’s snow had forced Metro North to cut back service during peak hours.