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LIRR boss fired for running it like NYCTA

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lirr-boss-ran-agency-lousy-service-review-resigning-article-1.3929218

LIRR boss who ran agency during lousy service review resigning

BY  Dan Rivoli

The Long Island Rail Road chief who oversaw its worst performance is stepping aside.

Patrick Nowakowski is resigning on Friday, after four years on the job he was appointed to in April 2014.

The LIRR had its worst performance in 18 years in 2017, with nearly 21,400 late trains, according to a report from State Controller Tom DiNapoli.

Nowakowski drafted a plan for the MTA board last month to improve its reliability, communications with riders and ability to handle tough winter weather.

“LIRR riders deserve a new leader who will demand immediate reform and who will level with and speak directly to them,” State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Island) said in a statement.

“Tough and no-nonsense leadership is needed urgently for one of the most important commuter rail systems in the country.”

 

Kinda ironic that he ran LIRR as shitty Ronnie Hakim ran (NYCT) yet she got promoted.

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I don't understand the hate for the guy. The Babylon Branch gets the best service because it's fully elevated from Queens to Suffolk. The Main Line has terrible service because parts of it still run on street level and motorists at Willis Ave and certain parts of Suffolk are just too impatient to wait for the LIRR crossing, end up on the tracks and get struck by an oncoming train. I don't think he can be blamed because of some parts of LI want the LIRR to be electrified, while others don't want to deal with the construction.

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19 minutes ago, NY1635 said:

I don't understand the hate for the guy. The Babylon Branch gets the best service because it's fully elevated from Queens to Suffolk. The Main Line has terrible service because parts of it still run on street level and motorists at Willis Ave and certain parts of Suffolk are just too impatient to wait for the LIRR crossing, end up on the tracks and get struck by an oncoming train. I don't think he can be blamed because of some parts of LI want the LIRR to be electrified, while others don't want to deal with the construction.

He's been terrible wherever he goes... He sent SEPTA back a good 5-10 years when he was in charge of Regional Rail (along with a few other anti-employee nut jobs)

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LIRR boss who ran agency during terrible performance review is stepping down

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LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski speaks to the press after a train accident in Jamaica, Queens.

 (BRUCE COTLER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

BY DAN RIVOLI

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:38 PM

The Long Island Rail Road chief who oversaw its worst performance is stepping aside.

Patrick Nowakowski is resigning on Friday, after four years on the job he was appointed to in April 2014.

The LIRR had its worst performance in 18 years in 2017, with nearly 21,400 late trains, according to a report from State Controller Tom DiNapoli.

Nowakowski drafted a plan for the MTA board last month to improve its reliability, communications with riders and ability to handle tough winter weather.

“LIRR riders deserve a new leader who will demand immediate reform and who will level with and speak directly to them,” State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Island) said in a statement.

“Tough and no-nonsense leadership is needed urgently for one of the most important commuter rail systems in the country.”

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lirr-boss-ran-agency-lousy-service-review-resigning-article-1.3929218

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40 minutes ago, Around the Horn said:

He's been terrible wherever he goes... He sent SEPTA back a good 5-10 years when he was in charge of Regional Rail (along with a few other anti-employee nut jobs)

Here's hated mostly by LIRR commuters who liked Helena Williams as President of the Railroad. She always communicated with the commuter and in touch with their needs. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was the agency using Cheese Buses to shuttle people on the weekend trackwork and the drivers not knowing their way around the island. The lack of LIRR personnel and communicating between the agency and commuters due to cancellations on the Main Line under Nowakowski also didn't help.

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5 hours ago, NY1635 said:

Here's hated mostly by LIRR commuters who liked Helena Williams as President of the Railroad. She always communicated with the commuter and in touch with their needs. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was the agency using Cheese Buses to shuttle people on the weekend trackwork and the drivers not knowing their way around the island. The lack of LIRR personnel and communicating between the agency and commuters due to cancellations on the Main Line under Nowakowski also didn't help.

Helena was also a fierce advocate for maintaining present service levels at Penn when GCT service starts, which pissed off everyone above her and led to Cuomo (through his chairman at the time) abruptly firing her.

So this LIRR fiasco has pretty much been a legacy of our sweet prince...

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On 4/12/2018 at 5:49 PM, paulrivera said:

Helena was also a fierce advocate for maintaining present service levels at Penn when GCT service starts, which pissed off everyone above her and led to Cuomo (through his chairman at the time) abruptly firing her.

So this LIRR fiasco has pretty much been a legacy of our sweet prince...

The biggest problem with the LIRR I see is the lack of communication. There's nobody from the railroad at Mineola or Hicksville to handle the crowds stuck there during the delays and cancellations. It's just you, the ticket booth alone at the LIRR station in Nassau or Suffolk at night.

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A train once skipped my station after a 30-50 minute delay after we had to take a taxi to it, the nearest station to us (before the taxi) was closed. It turned back tho.

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