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mta head lhota: lirr ‘status quo absolutely cannot continue’


commuters wait on both platforms for a westbound long island rail road train at the jamaica station in queens during the morning rush on jan. 8, 2018. photo credit: corey sipkin mta chairman joe lhota is promising to take corrective steps to address the recent spate of lirr service meltdowns that have plagued the commutes of tens of thousands of long islanders — including, potentially, a shake-up in lirr personnel.incensed lirr riders have been sounding off on social media about what they say has been an abysmal beginning to 2018 — and to amtrak’s latest infrastructure...






new mta chief lhota ‘up for fight’ with amtrak to aid lirr


joseph lhota, returning chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority, said thursday he is ready to lead the lirr through its so-called summer of hell, even if it means heating up the simmering feud between the mta and penn station’s owner, amtrak.“bring it on,” lhota, 62, said in an interview with newsday, a day after his surprise same-day nomination and late-night confirmation by the state senate as head of the largest public transportation system in the nation. most popularlhota made it clear that he has no intention of backing down from the mta’s vow to go after amtrak for the costs the lirr will incur this summer mitigating the construction-related service disruptions at penn station — even if it means withholding tens of millions of dollars in funding to amtrak. lhota said th






new mta chief lhota ‘up for fight’ with amtrak to aid lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymta chairman joseph lhota has returned to run the nation's largest public transportation system. (credit: charles eckert) joseph lhota, returning chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority, said thursday he is ready to lead the lirr through its so-called summer of hell, even if it means heating up the simmering feud between the mta and penn station’s owner, amtrak.“bring it on,” lhota, 62, said in an interview with newsday, a day after his surprise same-day nomination and late-night confirmation by...






lhota: lirr riders must ‘seriously consider’ options to penn


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymta chief joe lhota gives an update sunday, july 9, 2017, on preparations for the ''summer of hell.'' (credit: steven sunshine) just hours before the so-called “summer of hell” begins at penn station, mta chairman joe lhota again urged long island rail road riders to “seriously consider” transit options for getting to and from manhattan as commuters crossed their fingers in anticipation of what awaited monday morning.“these are unique circumstances,” lhota said during a news conference on sunday at the lirr’s jamaica...






lhota: lirr riders must ‘seriously consider’ options to penn


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymta chief joe lhota gives an update sunday, july 9, 2017, on preparations for the ''summer of hell.'' (credit: steven sunshine) just hours before the so-called “summer of hell” begins at penn station, mta chairman joe lhota again urged long island rail road riders to “seriously consider” transit options for getting to and from manhattan as commuters crossed their fingers in anticipation of what awaited monday morning.“these are unique circumstances,” lhota said during a news conference sunday at the lirr jamaica station....






mta chair: ‘excellent’ first day of ‘summer of hell’ on lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymonday, july 10, 2017, marks the first day of the lirr's "summer of hell" and commuters weighed in on what they expect. (credit: ed betz) the first rush hour of the long island rail road’s “summer of hell” has gone “excellent” so far, the chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority said monday morning.on board an lirr train headed for atlantic terminal, joseph lhota, who spent the morning in the field checking out various aspect’s of the lirr summer operation, said he was “very happy” with how commuters heeded the...






mta chair: ‘excellent’ first day of ‘summer of hell’ on lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymonday, july 10, 2017, marks the first day of the lirr's 'summer of hell' and commuters weighed in on what they expect. (credit: ed betz) the first rush hour of the long island rail road’s “summer of hell” has gone “excellent” so far, the chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority said monday morning.on board an lirr train headed for atlantic terminal, joseph lhota, who spent the morning in the field checking out various aspect’s of the lirr summer operation, said he was “very happy” with how commuters heeded the...






lhota: lirr riders must ‘seriously consider’ options to penn


just hours before the so-called “summer of hell” begins at penn station, mta chairman joe lhota again urged long island rail road riders to “seriously consider” transit options for getting to and from manhattan as commuters crossed their fingers in anticipation of what awaited monday morning.“these are unique circumstances,” lhota said during a news conference sunday at the lirr jamaica station. “and part of that, we think, people should look at alternatives. for example if you work in lower manhattan, if you work south of penn station, seriously consider changing here and going into atlantic terminal.”most popularstarting monday, amtrak, which owns and operates penn station, will take three of the hub’s 21 tracks out of service for two months from july 10 through sept. 1. during that peri






lhota: lirr riders must ‘seriously consider’ options to penn


just hours before the so-called “summer of hell” begins at penn station, mta chairman joe lhota again urged long island rail road riders to “seriously consider” transit options for getting to and from manhattan as commuters crossed their fingers in anticipation of what awaited monday morning.“these are unique circumstances,” lhota said during a news conference on sunday at the lirr’s jamaica station. “and part of that, we think, people should look at alternatives. for example, if you work in lower manhattan, if you work south of penn station, seriously consider changing here and going into atlantic terminal.”most popularstarting monday, amtrak, which owns and operates penn station, will take three of the hub’s 21 tracks out of service for two months from july 10 through sept. 1. during tha






lirr riders hope for another smooth ‘summer of hell’ commute


day two.long island commuters on tuesday are hoping for a repeat of the relatively smooth start to the “summer of hell.”most popularas amtrak continues its two-month-long project to repair aging tracks and infrastructure at penn station, the nation’s busiest rail hub, the mta is bracing for another day of service changes.joseph lhota, chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority, planned to convene with other agency leaders late monday to review its unprecedented plan to move long island rail road riders with three of penn station’s 21 tracks taken out of service.“[tuesday] is another day, and we have to be as vigilant in keeping up with making sure trains stay on time and that everyone is able to get to work and get to school or whatever it is that they’re doing,” lhota said at a






lirr riders hope for another smooth ‘summer of hell’ commute


day two.long island commuters on tuesday are hoping for a repeat of the relatively smooth start to the “summer of hell.”most popularas amtrak continues its two-month-long project to repair aging tracks and infrastructure at penn station, the nation’s busiest rail hub, the mta is bracing for another day of service changes.joseph lhota, chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority, planned to convene with other agency leaders late monday to review its unprecedented plan to move long island rail road riders with three of penn station’s 21 tracks taken out of service.“[tuesday] is another day, and we have to be as vigilant in keeping up with making sure trains stay on time and that everyone is able to get to work and get to school or whatever it is that they’re doing,” lhota said at a






lirr: good service on second day of ‘summer of hell’


day two on the lirr was looking a lot like day one — so far.long island rail road commuters on tuesday were hoping for a repeat of the relatively smooth start to the “summer of hell.” at the close of the morning commute, that appeared to be the case: shortly after 10 a.m. the lirr was still reporting good service with no delays.most popularas amtrak continued its two-month-long project to repair aging tracks and infrastructure at penn station, the nation’s busiest rail hub, commuters adapted to a new limited summer schedule, with three of the station’s 21 tracks taken out of service.joseph lhota, chairman of the metropolitan transportation authority, said at a news conference monday night that on tuesday the mta intended to stay “vigilant in keeping up with making sure trains stay on time






mta chair: we planned for the worst and we got the best


as monday evening’s rush got fully underway amid what was dubbed the long island rail road’s potential “summer of hell,” transit officials declared the day a success with far fewer problems than feared.“we’re right now in the middle of evening rush hour, and today has gone as scheduled,” mta chairman joseph lhota said at a monday evening news conference at penn station. “it’s been a great day for the long island rail road. we planned for the worst and we got the best.”most popularlhota cautioned, however, that monday was only the first of many days of the so-called “summer of hell,” when three of penn station’s 21 tracks are offline, reducing service at the major transportation hub from the lirr, new jersey transit and amtrak through sept. 1. “tomorrow is another day,” lhota said. “everyth






lirr: ronkonkoma branch back in full service


service was temporarily suspended in both directions on a portion of two branches of the long island rail road on monday morning, the lirr said.the overnight service suspension on the ronkonkoma branch, between farmingdale and ronkonkoma, was “due to downed power lines on the tracks near pinelawn” station, the lirr said in a service notice on its website.the lirr later lifted the suspension,...






lirr: service disruption ‘could last for days’ after derailment


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya sign at the lirr station in ronkonkoma warns commuters of delays on tuesday, april 4, 2017. (credit: james carbone) service disruptions on the long island rail road “could last for days,” the lirr said tuesday afternoon, as the railroad prepared for its third consecutive rush hour of delays and cancellations following the nj transit train derailment.customers should “allow extra travel time” between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. as “amtrak personnel continue to work around-the-clock” to repair the tracks damaged by...






lirr: service disruption ‘could last for days’ after derailment


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya sign at the lirr station in ronkonkoma warns commuters of delays on tuesday, april 4, 2017. (credit: james carbone) service disruptions on the long island rail road “could last for days,” the lirr said tuesday afternoon, as commuters endured their third consecutive rush hour of delays and cancellations following the nj transit train derailment.customers were urged to “allow extra travel time” between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. as “amtrak personnel continue to work around-the-clock” to repair the tracks damaged...






a look under the hood at the lirr’s complex summer plan


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypassengers watch the lirr departures board in penn station, thursday, june 29, 2017. (credit: jeff bachner) the mta says its plan to get through the long island rail road’s so-called “summer of hell” will provide enough options and redundancies to serve all of the lirr’s daily riders.at the same time, experts warn there’s ample opportunity in the complex plan for something to go wrong, and the consequences could be severe.the multifaceted plan is designed to accommodate all of the lirr’s...






lirr: service disruption ‘could last for days’ after derailment


service disruptions on the long island rail road “could last for days,” the lirr said tuesday afternoon, as commuters endured a third consecutive rush hour of delays and cancellations following the nj transit train derailment.customers were urged to “allow extra travel time” between 4 and 8 p.m. as “amtrak personnel continue to work round-the-clock” to repair the tracks damaged by monday morning’s derailment, the railroad said. most popularthe lirr canceled or planned to divert 26 tuesday evening rush hour trains out of penn station. “amtrak has advised us that the repairs to damaged track will take a matter of days, unfortunately,” said lirr president patrick nowakowski. “because of that, we must continue to operate on a reduced schedule until all repairs have been safely completed. we ha






lirr’s on-time figures mask lingering ills, new report says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe lirr method of measuring on-time performance may not reflect the real commuter experience, a new report sayd. these passengers await the doors on aug. 4, 2016 in mineola. (credit: howard schnapp) the long island rail road’s method of measuring its on-time performance “does not capture the experience of lirr riders” who deal with frequent disruptions and cancellations, such as those that plagued commuters all last week, according to a new state comptroller’s report.the report from state comptroller thomas dinapoli on the lirr’s on-time performance found that although the lirr reported...






new jersey transit train derails at penn station, 26 trains canceled


there will be 26 fewer long island rail road trains leaving from penn station during the monday evening rush, as the lirr continues to be impacted by the derailment of a nj transit train monday morning, officials said.the lirr said it will cancel 18 trains out of penn between 4 and 8 p.m., and will have eight others originate at atlantic terminal or jamaica. most popularthe lirr said the cancellations are necessary to allow nj transit and amtrak the exclusive use of tracks 13 to 16, which are typically shared with the lirr.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoons“the move means four of the nine penn station tracks used by the lirr for the evening rush hour are not available for use as a result of the derailment,” the lirr said in a statement. “the remaining lirr






mta chairman: agency needs to fix sleep apnea rules


new york (ap) — joe lhota, chairman of the metropolitan transit authority, says he wants the new york agency to fix a flaw in its sleep apnea rules that allows diagnosed bus drivers and train operators to work for three months before receiving treatment.the new york post reports (http://nyp.st/2fzowas ) a transit worker can work for up to 90 days after failing a sleep apnea screening before they have to get an official diagnosis and begin treatment under current rules. lhota said wednesday that is too long to work untreated with the disorder.lhota says he would like to see the rules changed as fast as possible.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.information from: new york post, http://www.nypost.com






lirr: 10 trains to be canceled; disruptions could last ‘days’


the lirr said it plans to cancel 10 trains wednesday morning, with the disruptions plaguing tens of thousands of commuters since an nj transit train derailed monday at penn station possibly lasting “for days.”wednesday’s morning rush hour will mark the fourth-straight one marred by major service problems for the lirr. disruptions tuesday, including a broken rail near jamaica and a disabled nj transit train in an east river tunnel, occurred amid new questions about how amtrak runs penn, the busiest rail hub in north america.most popularin addition to canceling the trains to penn between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. wednesday, the lirr also said it would terminate three trains at jamaica and divert one to hunterspoint avenue, queens, because of reduced track capacity after monday morning’s derailment.






amtrak: lirr's plan to withhold funds illegal


advertisement | advertise on newsdayan lirr train arrives at penn station. the mta says it will offer fare discounts averaging 25 percent for customers willing to commute to and from brooklyn or queens this summer. (credit: jeff bachner) the mta’s plan to withhold funding from amtrak to fund the long island rail road’s contingency plan for this summer’s penn station track outages would violate federal law and could impact the lirr’s ability to continue operating at penn station, amtrak said wednesday. in a letter to mta acting chairman fernando ferrer and interim executive director veronique hakim, amtrak president charles...






lirr cancels, combines 13 trains; disruptions could last ‘days’


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya sign at the lirr station in ronkonkoma warns commuters of delays on tuesday, april 4, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the lirr has canceled 10 trains for wednesday morning, with the disruptions plaguing tens of thousands of commuters since an nj transit train derailed monday at penn station possibly lasting “for days.”in addition to canceling the trains to penn between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. wednesday, the lirr also said it would terminate three trains at jamaica and divert one to hunterspoint avenue, queens,...






lirr: westbound service restored in chaotic p.m. commute


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya sign at the lirr station in ronkonkoma warns commuters of delays on tuesday, april 4, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the lirr restored westbound service to penn station shortly before 6 p.m. after a series of service disruptions marred the tuesday evening commute.the 6:32 p.m. train from jamaica, due in penn station at 6:51 p.m., will be the first westbound train, the lirr said, adding there would be local stops at kew gardens and forest hills. there was no suspension of westbound service on the...






why are some late lirr trains still considered ‘on time’?


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhow can late lirr trains officially be considered on time? it all has to do with the way the lirr calculates on-time performance. (credit: newsday/cassidy lang) editor’s note: this article is part of a series in which newsday attempts to answer questions from long islanders about life on the island. if there’s a question you want us to answer, send it to us here.why are late lirr trains still considered to be on time?the short answer: the railroad defines “on time” differently than you might expect.the long answer: if you’ve ever wondered...






cuomo on commute: we’ve done everything short of calling military


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymonday, july 10, 2017, marked the first day of lirr's "summer of hell." while some commuters chose alternative methods to commute, others said the experience went smoothly. after what amtrak officials described as a successful first morning of a feared “summer of hell” on the long island rail road amid repairs, commuters braced for the evening rush monday, hopeful it would go as smoothly.for the evening commute, metropolitan transportation authority chairman joseph lhota asked commuters to travel outside the height of the railroad’s “crunchtime” — between about...






what penn station repairs will mean for your commute


what’s ahead:for all the frustration that lirr riders will have to endure this summer, at least at the end of amtrak’s track repairs and upgrades at penn station, they’ll have a considerably more reliable commute, right? most popularnot really.in fact, amtrak’s work this summer will be concentrated on a specific portion of the tracks, known as the “a-interlocking” just west of the penn station platforms, that are almost exclusively used by amtrak and nj transit, and not by the lirr. the project is impacting long island rail road service because the lirr will have to share with amtrak and nj transit some tracks during the rush hour that it typically has to itself.and so service disruptions caused by infrastructure failures on the tracks used by the lirr will not get any better once the work






new jersey transit train derails at penn station, 26 trains canceled


the long island rail road canceled 26 trains during the monday evening rush as commuters continued to be impacted by the morning derailment of a nj transit train, officials said.the lirr said it planned to cancel 18 trains out of penn between 4 and 8 p.m., and would have eight others originate at atlantic terminal or jamaica. most popularthe railroad said the cancellations are necessary at the manhattan hub to allow nj transit and amtrak exclusive use of tracks 13 to 16, which are typically shared with the lirr.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoons“the move means four of the nine penn station tracks used by the lirr for the evening rush hour are not available for use as a result of the derailment,” the lirr said in a statement. “the remaining lirr trains from






li entrepreneurs find ready market making fun of lirr


enterprising long islanders are selling pins and bags stamped with “long island fail road” and other anti-lirr messages to commuters who want to wear their frustrations on their shoulders. the merchandise, which is marketed online through members-only facebook groups, was designed by commuters who said they’re fed up. most popularglen head resident karen raccioppi, 52, said making bags with the words “lirr sucks!” emblazoned on both sides is her “silent protest.” she ordered 50 bags with the words from an online retailer, and said when she receives the shipment on wednesday she will sell them “at cost” for $23 each. “i’m planning a happy hour at penn station so i can sell and distribute the bags, just in time for the disruptions,” raccioppi said. karen raccioppi, of glen head, is selling b






lirr: derailment at penn to disrupt tuesday a.m. commute


thousands of lirr riders will have to cope with more service disruptions during the tuesday morning commute, with the rail road announcing plans to cancel ten trains and shorten the routes of several others due to a new jersey transit derailment at penn station monday.“as amtrak crews continue to work around the clock to repair tracks damaged in monday morning’s derailment of an nj transit train, the long island rail road will need to cancel 10 morning rush hour trains to penn station on tuesday, terminate four other trains at jamaica, and divert one other train to hunterspoint avenue, queens,” the lirr said in a monday night statement. most popular“the remaining lirr trains to penn station could experience delays and crowding,” the rail road said, adding that the rail road will operate on






lirr east end ‘dark territory’ gets signals from 21st century


the speonk lirr station on sunday, nov. 12, 2017. modern railroad signals will be activated between speonk and montauk on monday. photo credit: daniel goodrich big changes are coming this week for suffolk county long island rail road commuters, including a major transformation of part of the lirr’s “dark territory” that has operated without signals more than 100 years.on monday, modern railroad signals will be activated between speonk and montauk. lirr crews were scheduled to complete the changeover to the new system over the weekend.in a...






lirr: derailment at penn to disrupt tuesday a.m. commute


thousands of lirr riders will have to cope with more service disruptions during the tuesday morning commute, with the rail road announcing plans to cancel ten trains and shorten the routes of several others due to a new jersey transit derailmnent at penn station monday.“as amtrak crews continue to work around the clock to repair tracks damaged in monday morning’s derailment of an nj transit train, the long island rail road will need to cancel 10 morning rush hour trains to penn station on tuesday, terminate four other trains at jamaica, and divert one other train to hunterspoint avenue, queens,” the lirr said in a monday night statement. most popular“the remaining lirr trains to penn station could experience delays and crowding,” the rail road said, adding that the rail road will operate o






lirr: 10 trains to be canceled; disruptions could last ‘days’


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya sign at the lirr station in ronkonkoma warns commuters of delays on tuesday, april 4, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the lirr said it plans to cancel 10 trains wednesday morning, with the disruptions plaguing tens of thousands of commuters since an nj transit train derailed monday at penn station possibly lasting “for days.”wednesday’s morning rush hour will mark the fourth-straight one marred by major service problems for the lirr. disruptions tuesday, including a broken rail near jamaica and a disabled...






new jersey transit train derails at penn station, 26 trains canceled


the long island rail road canceled a total of 26 trains during the monday evening rush, disrupting the commute of thousands of riders affected by the morning derailment of a nj transit train, officials said.the lirr said it planned to cancel 18 trains out of penn between 4 and 8 p.m., and would have eight others originate at atlantic terminal or jamaica. most popularthe railroad said the cancellations are necessary at the manhattan hub to allow nj transit and amtrak exclusive use of tracks 13 to 16, which are typically shared with the lirr.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoons“the move means four of the nine penn station tracks used by the lirr for the evening rush hour are not available for use as a result of the derailment,” the lirr said in a statement. “t






cuomo on commute: ‘we’ve done everything’ short of calling military


as monday evening’s rush got fully underway amid what was dubbed the long island rail road’s potential “summer of hell,” transit officials declared the day a success with far fewer problems than feared.“we’re right now in the middle of evening rush hour, and today has gone as scheduled,” mta chairman joseph lhota said at a monday evening news conference at penn station. “it’s been a great day for the long island rail road. we planned for the worst and we got the best.”most popularlhota cautioned, however, that monday was only the first of many days of the so-called “summer of hell,” when three of penn station’s 21 tracks are offline, reducing service at the major transportation hub from the lirr, new jersey transit and amtrak through sept. 1. “tomorrow is another day,” lhota said. “everyth






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