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NEW YORK (AP) Train delays on Metro-North rose dramatically in the first two months of 2014 as the beleaguered railroad ramped up track repair.

Maintenance work was responsible for delaying more than 4,500 trains. That's compared to 456 during the same time last year.

The Post says this year's harsh winter also was responsible for delaying over 1,000 trains.

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says on-time performance has taken a hit as the railroad concentrates its resources on safety. She says the railroad is working to restore ``high-service quality and this includes a lot of track work.''

There were 4,300 customer complaints through the end of February, up from 2,800 during the same period last year.

In December, a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx killing four people.

 

Track work is underway along the Danbury Branch to figure out what's causing false signals to activate gates at crossings along the line.

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