Metro-North: The history
This timeline traces the history of Metro-North.
- The prelude 1870s
- Rival railroads merge 1968
- Jackie O. saves terminal 1975
- Metro-North is born 1983
- Sprucing up the system 1984
- A busy railroad 2001
- Happy riders mean more riders 2006
- Traffic control goes modern 2008
- Money for stations 2009
- Neither snow nor rain keeps commuters away 2011
- Future plans 2012
- MTA's stewardship Years ahead
Photo credit: MTA
Rival railroads merge
With railroads suffering a severe downswing after World War II, the NY Central and rival Pennsylvania Railroad merge.
In 1969, the Interstate Commerce Commission folds the bankrupt New Haven Line into that merger. None of that helps Penn Central avoid bankruptcy in 1970, the largest corporate bankruptcy to date.
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