- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A member of a newly re-organized advocacy group for Metro-North Railroad says it’s back on track after electing officers, adopting rules and considering plans to take meetings on the road.

The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council met last Wednesday in Stamford after skipping a meeting in December. Jim Gildea, a vice-chairman, said Monday that after some growing pains, the group is now headed in the right direction.

The revamped panel was established last year to replace the Metro-North Rail Commuter Council and includes oversight of the New Haven-Springfield passenger line, expected to operate by 2016.

The advocates represent commuters’ interests before Metro-North and Shoreline East, the state Department of Transportation and legislature.

Members of the panel are considering meeting in other Connecticut towns and cities to extend its contacts beyond Stamford.

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