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State To Buy 25 More Train Cars For NYC Commuters

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New M8 Rail Car

New M8 Rail Car

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut will buy 25 more commuter rail cars for the heavily used New Haven line into New York City.

Malloy said Tuesday that the 25 cars will cost about $93 million and will add to 380 already on order.

Last month, a third set of M-8 rail cars was put into service, bringing to 130 the number of train runs operating each week with the cars.

Commuters will welcome the new cars, but some have criticized Malloy’s proposed 15 percent fare increase.

It would be the first on Metro-North since January 2005 and is among many state strategies to balance the two-year, $40.1 billion budget.

The New Haven Line is owned by the state and is operated by Metro-North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York.

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