Data shows the LIRR is just as delayed as ever
It’s been months since the MTA forced out former Long Island Rail Road president Patrick Nowakowski because of the commuter rail’s lousy performance, and it still hasn’t improved, according to new statistics released by the agency.
The LIRR’s on-time performance hit 88.9 percent in July, much lower than the same time period in last year, when it was 93.1 percent.
That abysmal number brings the railroad’s year-to-date on-time performance rate to 90.4, which is slightly lower than the same period last year – 90.6.
Those delays were the worst that they had been in 18 years.
Nearly 21,400 LIRR trains were late, canceled or terminated mid-run in 2017, a 20 percent increase over 2016 and the poorest numbers in 18 years, according to a study done earlier this year by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
It was so bad that the MTA forced out former LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski and replaced him with veteran engineer Phil Eng.
The MTA is in the midst of a $6 billion modernization project that it hopes will stem the delays, said agency officials.
“Through the LIRR Forward plan, we are targeting the root causes of delays with aggressive near term work on our most problematic areas and making sure that improvements can be seen and felt as quickly as possible,” Eng said in a statement.
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