Woman Fatally Struck By LIRR Train

Shortly after midnight today, a 37 year old woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was fatally struck by an east bound train just west of the Speonk train station.

Based on the initial pictures I have seen online, it does not look like a car was involved in the accident. The first thing this piece of evidence leads me to ask is why was she on the tracks?

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New LIRR President Phillip Eng

Last Thursday, the MTA announced that Phillip Eng would become the new Long Island Rail Road President after Patrick Nowakowski announced his resignation that was effective as of Friday after the agency’s disastrous run of issues over the last few months.

Today marks the first official day for Mr. Eng who is stepping in at a time the agency is swirling with questions about how to fix its crumbling infrastructure in the long term while addressing in the immediate future its current woes that have frustrated commuters over the last few months.

I personally feel that Mr. Nowakowski had the right head for the job & did what he could to get things going in the right direction. However his biggest liability is that he did not know how to play the public game in terms of communication as he tended to have his head stuck in the books on trying to find solutions. While that is all well & good, communicating with the public has to go along with that in a strong manner, something his predecessor Helena Williams did very well.

I think Mr. Eng will do some good things as his past work in the NY transportation has shown him to be an effective leader who not only got things done but had the foresight to spearhead much needed projects that would benefit many. If the MTA gives him good enough resources, I feel he can lead a much needed turn around for the deservedly much maligned LIRR.

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LIRR Extends Ticket Refund Period

In the midst of the 4th Nor’easter in 3 weeks for local residents, a little known transit story did not get much attention. The full MTA board voted to approve a plan that the LIRR Committee had greenlighted on Monday which would extend the refund period for unused tickets. Alfonso A. Castillo of Newsday has more:

The Long Island Rail Road on Wednesday extended its ticket-refund policy by two years, allowing customers a lot more time to get back money for never-taken trips.

LIRR tickets previously had been refundable only up to six months after their purchase, depending on the type of ticket.

The full Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to approve the refund plan Wednesday at its Manhattan meeting. On Monday, the MTA’s LIRR Committee had greenlit the proposal.

The change reflects an amendment made in December to the state’s Public Authorities Law, giving “any person who purchases a fare the ability to transfer any remaining balance for two years after such fare is deemed expired.”

Because the LIRR lacks the ability to transfer value from one ticket to another — unlike with a MetroCard — the railroad is seeking to comply with the law in extending the period in which customers can obtain refunds for unused tickets.

Click here for the complete report.

I am glad the agency voted to extend the period as it should have never been changed in the first place. However I wish they would do away with the bogus $10 processing fee for refunds even if the ticket costs under $10. They rip us off enough already as it is!

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Man Hit By Train In Lower East Side

The subway tunnels continue to be a place of misfortune as a man was hit by a Queens-bound F Train in the Lower East Side. Aliza Chasan of Pix 11 has more:

A 31-year-old man was struck by a northbound F train on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

He was hit in a tunnel near East Broadway and Canal Street around noon, an NYPD spokeswoman said. It was not immediately clear what he was doing there.

The man suffered a laceration to the head and is not likely to die, police officials said.

F train service ran along the A line for about an hour while emergency officials transported the man to the hospital and investigated the scene. Service resumed around 1 p.m.

No additional identifying information is available for the victim.

First & foremost I am glad that the injury suffered was not fatal. However with that, I do question what was the man doing inside the tunnel. Was he a homeless man? I am assuming not as no mention was made of it. Perhaps it was someone doing urban exploration which is quite popular in the NYC Subway in places passengers should not be.

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Gov. Candidate Cynthia Nixon Slams Cuomo

Sex & The City star Cynthia Nixon just announced she was running for (aka wasting her time) Governor of New York. One of her biggest platforms versus incumbent Andrew Cuomo is his lack of success in getting the MTA up to the standard that they should be.

So one can only begin to laugh that on her first day as an official candidate, the MTA was the reason why she was late to her first campaign event. Here is more via Jillian Jorgensen & Kenneth Lovett of the New York Daily News:

On her first full day as a candidate for governor, the subway system made Cynthia Nixon’s point for her.

The “Sex & the City” star was held up on her way to her very first event in Brownsville due to subway delays — a problem she lay at the feet of Gov. Cuomo.

“I got here just in the nick of time. I allowed an hour and a half for what should have been a 30 minute ride,” Nixon told the crowd. “Cuomo’s MTA.”

Nixon’s delayed commute had been well-documented by her team on Twitter — including in a post that showed her shrugging her arms in the universal gesture of straphanger frustration.

“That thing when you’re headed to talk about fixing the subways and your train goes out of service. #CuomosMTA,” tweeted Rebecca Katz, a consultant working on Nixon’s bid.

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I have to laugh that one of her biggest rallying points is the need for an improved MTA & it was the reason why she was late for her first campaign event. Maybe it was a sign or perhaps just the reality that someone who lives in Manhattan & has the money she has could not possibly relate to. By time the primary is done, we won’t have to hear about her anymore as she will be soundly defeated.

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