LIRR Records Worst On-Time Year Since '05

But hey, at least the trains broke down less frequently

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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LIRR Records Worst On-Time Year Since '05

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LIRR trains had their worst on-time record since 2005 last year. But at least they didn't break down as much!

First, the good news. Long Island Rail Road trains broke down less frequently last year than they did in the previous five years.

The bad news: the trains were late more often. The weather gets a big part of the blame.

LIRR President Helena Williams concedes in a Newsday interview that 2010 "was a very challenging year.''

She says the railroad is going to "work very hard'' to make things better.      The latest figures show the LIRR had the worst on-time figures since 2005, when 92 percent of its trains were on time.

The LIRR says the Christmas weekend blizzard and a September tornado in Brooklyn were major factors.

In August, a fire at a signal tower caused more than 1,000 trains to be late in a single week.

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