Conn. Lawmaker: Metro-North Management Replaceable

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A top Connecticut lawmaker says Metro-North Railroad executives can be replaced if they fail to improve service quickly.

State Rep. Antonio Guerrera, co-chairman of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, says he wants to give Metro-North the benefit of the doubt when its two top executives meet with the committee Thursday. He says there are always options and that they’re not the only ones for the job.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman and chief executive Thomas F. Prendergast and new Metro-North president Joseph Giulietti are expected to discuss issues related to reliability and safety following two derailments and a power outage that reduced service.

A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation says Connecticut cannot unilaterally replace Metro-North because it also operates in New York. He says Giulietti works for the MTA, not Connecticut.
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