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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A member of a Connecticut commuter advocacy panel has joined a chorus of critics of Metro-North Railroad.

Mitch Fuchs appeared before the legislature's Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee on Tuesday. He said he does not serve happily on the board of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.

Fuchs, who lives in Fairfield, said Metro-North does a poor job providing information and communicating with commuters. He also said Metro-North has failed to add rail cars when thousands of additional commuters are expected for special events.

Metro-North has acknowledged its problems including two derailments - one fatal - and stranded passengers at a Connecticut station and reduced service in September when power was knocked out.

The commuter rail service promises an improvement plan and its executives are scheduled to meet with Connecticut legislators on Thursday.

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