Reporting Mike Xirinachs
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – 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 conceded in a Newsday interview that 2010 “was a very challenging year.” She said the railroad was going to “work very hard” to make things better.
The latest figures showed the LIRR had the worst on-time figures since 2005, when 92 percent of its trains were on time.
The LIRR said 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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