State audit: LIRR must better prepare for severe weather

In response, MTA Spokesperson Michael Cortez writes, “The Long Island Rail Road has comprehensive preparedness plans in place. The success of those plans are in the results – the railroad has experienced multiple weather events in recent months and have navigated the storms with minimal service impacts.”

Kevin Vesey

Mar 13, 2024, 10:00 PM

Updated 38 days ago

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The Long Island Rail Road should be better prepared for service disruptions caused by severe weather, according to an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The audit finds that the LIRR had delayed the completion of a critical systemwide risk assessment and projects related to Superstorm Sandy.
When auditors requested to see pieces of snow removal equipment, DiNapoli says they sometimes could not be located.
The comptroller says storm-related service delays cost commuters time and money.
In response, MTA spokesperson Michael Cortez said, “The Long Island Rail Road has comprehensive preparedness plans in place. The success of those plans are in the results – the railroad has experienced multiple weather events in recent months and have navigated the storms with minimal service impacts.”


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