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LIRR steps up eff orts to
keep customers safe
BY PHILLIP ENG
At the LIRR, our team has experience
handling all types of situations,
from hurricanes to power
outages to managing massive amounts
of infrastructure expansion.
Pandemic? Not so much. But our
workforce is rising to the challenge.
As we adapt to this rapidly changing
public health crisis, we cannot
forget the thousands of transportation
workers across the MTA’s agencies
— the Long Island Rail Road,
Metro-North Railroad, and NYC
Transit — who are working hard each
day to keep our system open and safe
for those who need to use it.
Our workforce is on the frontlines,
playing a key role in the response
to this pandemic. We are making
sure we are here for the heroes of
this crisis, which include our own
employees, as well as the nurses, the
doctors, the police and fi rst responders,
the grocery store, pharmacy and
transportation workers, and so many
others who are helping us live.
Together with our labor partners,
we’re ensuring that employees and
customers alike remain safe, as we
maintain an aggressive, ramped-up
cleaning schedule, disinfecting stations
across the system twice daily,
and getting to each one of our train
cars (more than 1,000) at least once
every 72 hours.
Our courageous workforce is doing
what public servants do. They are not
just doing a job, they are doing a true
service to their fellow New Yorkers. I
simply can’t thank them enough.
They continue to make me proud
to be a part of this railroad family.
Every day, 24/7, they demonstrate
commitment through their heroic
eff orts to provide these essential
With that, I ask that you please continue
to practice good hygiene. Social
distancing is key. We cannot express
enough the importance of fl attening
the curve and what it will mean to the
recovery of New York, New Yorkers,
and the rest of our country.
We are here for you, but we all
need to participate in preventing
the spread of this virus, while our
workforce gets the job done.
Stay well. We will get through this,
one day at a time, together.
Eng is president of the Long Island