Not at all. It's very ignorant, especially him asserting things which he knows are not true. a) they were not "all pretty much the same, except their color scheme". While they did all have the same design elements (which is the only reason the TR's seem like such an extreme departure from the traditional design, and thus so overrated), they were also very different, and had very unique color schemes, so denouncing them like that is extremely narrow-minded and arrogant. the TR's aren't special or "unbelievable", they're just boring (including being quieter). Really, it's pathetic how the public looks upontransit enthusiasts, yet wants to control every aspect of the transit system and selfishly denounce the things enthusiasts like. They demand modern vehicles for comfort, yet they also want to have some 'vintage' vehicles, but when it comes to something like an Orion V or an H5, they just want those things gone.
He sounds just like someone with casual knowledge of the TTC. Not that big a deal.
I asked the guy about it and he said that it was because new subway cars are usually more energy efficient, and their construction should be more environmentally friendly. Although that doesn't answer how replacing old subway cars will offset any negative effects their construction had on the environment, and it conveniently ignores that New York purchases its power in bulk (which also allows them to have lights on in abandoned stations), so there's probably not going to be much energy savings there.
While this is the topic of discussion, I have to ask... why do transit passengers hate old vehicles so much? I seriously don't understand. Everyone loves everything else that is old. Old movies, TV shows, books, music, art. Everyone loves going to museums of some kind, and by their very nature, they don't have new things there. No one looks twice if they see a new car on the streets, but an old vehicle will turn heads - people will think "What a clunker!" if it looks like trash, or "What a neat, vintage vehicle!" if it's not. Most of the tourism industry in Europe is based off of going to see old city centers and castles. Hell, if a vehicle has been missing from the streets for several years, and then returns for a historical excursion, everyone takes pictures with their phones. Why are old, revenue vehicles the ONE thing society has a huge hate on for? I really, really don't know.
It's the same reason why most people generally don't care about transit vehicles. They do not belong to anyone but the transit system so there's no prestige associated with them. Newer vehicles have the comforts people want and quieter for the NIMBYs.