U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the system for issuing new federal rail safety rules is broken. Blumenthal questioned the head of the Federal Railroad Administration Tuesday in a committee hearing.
Bar cars used to be a staple of American train travel, but they’ve been disappearing from commuter rails in recent years. Davis Dunavin rode the last bar car to leave New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Friday.
Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner and representatives of Metro North heard from angry commuters Tuesday night who vented their frustrations about a range of problems experienced on the railroad over recent months. About a hundred commuters attended a forum in Southport sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby.