Connecticut Commuters: Check Out The New Cars (Some Of) You'll Be Riding In Tonight

Today brings two pieces of good news for Metro North passengers on the New Haven line. 

Most exciting, the trains will resume their normal schedule on Monday. After weeks of standing or squeezing into seats, we say, finally! 

Also today, eight new “M8” train cars debuted on the New Haven line this morning at 10:30 AM. Based on the MTA’s video introduction to the cars (watch it below), they look more comfortable seat-wise but might be a tighter fit with the person next to you.

Connecticut is the last to get updated train cars, and the upgrade will happen slowly — 8 cars today, 26 later this spring, and 80 by the end of 2011. After that 10 new cars will be added each month until 

If you rode on the new cars today, let us know what they’re like

Here’s how the MTA describes them:

  • Roomier, high-back contoured seats with individual headrests, curved arm rests, and nearby “convenience outlets”
  • Larger windows and brighter lighting
  • Wider wind panels at the vestibules for better climate control and safety. 
  • LED displays that show the next stop and automated audio announcements. 
  • The colour scheme features vibrant red, the historical colour of the New Haven Railroad, predecessor to Metro-North.

Next, how about an on-board payment system?

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