Connecticut has a very strange relationship with Metro-North. Some see it as one of mutual interest. Others describe it as an example of the Stockholm Syndrome, where a kidnap victim fights to defend its captor.
After the bankruptcy of the Penn-Central Railroad in 1983, Connecticut’s Dept. of Transportation was anxious to find anyone to run commuter rail service to NYC. The operating agreement creating Metro-North combined Connecticut-owned tracks and rail-cars with NY State operated lines in a bi-state shotgun wedding.