WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on Thursday to urge that the subcommittee hold a hearing to investigate deficiencies in our energy infrastructure and safety practices that threaten the reliability of rail service. The letter follows yesterday’s Metro-North service disruption that has drastically limited service for commuters who use the Metro-North New Haven Line each day. Officials have said that the disruption could take weeks to repair.
“As the increased ridership along the Northeast Corridor indicates, more and more Americans now look to rail to meet their transit needs,” Esty wrote. “It is an engine for economic growth in Connecticut, bearing a terrific return on investment. As a member of the Rail Subcommittee, I therefore stand ready and willing to assist in finding expert witnesses capable of identifying the steps we can take to protect against future breakdowns and delays like the one now hampering businesses and workers across the entire region.”
Esty serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.