The main responsibility for rail problems on the New Haven Line lies with the State of Connecticut. Why? They held off a few years ago when the M-2's were already ripe for replacment and did absolutely nothing. They held off when the physical plant was in a state of disrepair and did as little as they could, they wasted money in a useless busway that could have been spent fixing up the most important piece of passenger railroad in all of New England and maybe anywhere else too. Now they are trying to pass the buck to the folks on Metro-North but I don't see this as effective. They are not going to farm out the New Haven Line to any other operator, it would not work, the line is tied in to New York State with many trains making stops in both New York and Connecticut. Metro-North is not free of blame and needs to get some discipline in their operations but if they manage to do that they can help their operations much. There has been some goofing off among their employees, the public see that and you can not avoid them seeing that. I can't understand why people can't use their heads when they are working in a "goldfish bowl", do your job professionally at all times, I did while I worked for them and I never had any problems with any passengers on any of the three lines. I got a few letters of commendation, I still have them too. The best one was signed by an official who had an intense dislike of me and that one especially gave me a huge amount of satisfaction. Conductors being nasty with the public, conductors not collecting tickets, engineers playing with themselves in vies of passengers, engineers reading a newspaper while operating a train, I hope you are all getting the point. These remarks have been directed to Metro-North employees who are on this site, I am on your side BUT you must do your jobs in the most professional manner possible and take some pride in your work, you are being paid to do that. Some of the stuff I have mentioned above has played right in to the nansayers in the press and public not to mention the do nothing politicians who want to talk big and make a name for themselves. One more point, be careful of people who are assigned to work with you in training to learn the job, if they do not do the job the way they should show them the right way and set an example. If an engineer will not run the train by the book, take him/her out of the seat, I did not a few times and I even went so far as to tell the training department to put him with somebody else. I remember one incident in early Metro-North days when another old timer and myself went right to management about one bad apple trainee who did not belong in passenger service, the management person thanked both of us and they terminated his employement on the 89 th day without any explanation. Was thas a drastic thing to do? Yes it was but it was better then this person getting out on his own and messing up bad and making it look really bad for all of us and we had courage enough to recognize it. I suggest some of you might need to do the same thing if it warrants. Railroading is a serious affair and all need to realize that NOW.