Metro-North president: Changes on way for railway

WHITE PLAINS - Changes are on the way for Metro-North.

That's the word from the railroad's new president as he met with commuters yesterday to listen to their concerns.

Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti met with people at the White Plains train station to get their comments face-to-face. The "meet and great" was the second of six planned visits to Metro-North stations.

A recent federal review showed the train line was more concerned with being on time than being safe. Now the rail line is undergoing a top to bottom safety review and installing new technology to minimize mistakes.

Giulietti, who was appointed in January, says he knows they have a lot of work to do to restore the public's trust. "I'm listening, I'm riding and I would not put anything out there, I would not put a train out there that I wouldn't ride on, have my family ride on; it will be safe for all of us out there and we will run a safe railroad, and after May I'm going to tell you that you're going to have a much more reliable schedule to work with."

New schedules, which are supposed to be more reliable and accurate, are due out in May.

Giulietti has more face-to-face talks scheduled for the Croton Harmon station on May 6 and in Harrison May 14, both from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.

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