Helena Williams

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Local Leaders Say Departure Of LIRR President Could Disrupt Ongoing Projects

Officials are concerned that the departure of LIRR President Helena Williams could cause problems for ongoing projects.

05/03/2014

FILE -- Former LIRR President Helena Williams (credit: Getty Images)

LIRR President Helena Williams Out, MTA Names Replacement

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced the appointment of Patrick Nowakowski to replace Helena Williams.

04/30/2014

FILE -- Passengers board LIRR train in Hicksville, Long Island. (file/credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

MTA To Vote On Hundreds Of New LIRR, Metro-North Train Cars

If the $1.8 billion contract for 584 of the Kawasaki-made electric cars is approved by the MTA this week, they’ll go into service beginning in 2017.

09/17/2013

Union workers at the LIRR Farmingdale station, Sept. 17, 2013. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

500 Union Workers To Be Put To Work Under New Deal With LIRR

There will be seven projects coming up over the next few years on the LIRR, including the Double Track project.

09/17/2013

Long Island Rail Road train (file / credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Long Island Rail Road To Launch Scoot Trains With East Side Access

The planned “scoot” trains would offer faster, more frequent service from places like Brooklyn to Jamaica, Oyster Bay to Mineola, and Ronkonkoma to Riverhead.

07/23/2013

The Mets-Willets Point stop on the 7 Train (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

LIRR Urging Baseball Fans To Take The Train To The Game During All-Star Week

The train, on the railroad’s Port Washington branch, takes just 19 minutes from Penn Station and 17 minutes from Great Neck, LIRR president Helena Williams said.

07/10/2013

The Long Island Rail Road's former station in Elmhurst - June 21, 2013 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

LIRR To Conduct Surveys About Reopening Elmhurst Staion

The Long Island Rail Road’s Elmhurst station closed in 1985, but the railroad thinks there might be a reason to reopen it.

06/21/2013

Long Island Rail Road Cannonball train at Penn Station (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Express LIRR ‘Cannonball’ Service To Hamptons Begins Today

Starting Friday afternoon, the Long Island Rail Road will be running its new express service to the east end of the island.

05/24/2013

The Cannonball will take travelers from Penn Station to the Hamptons on non-stop express service (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

LIRR Plans Non-Stop Express Service From Penn Station To The Hamptons

Trains will depart from Penn Station at 4:07 p.m. on Fridays and run nonstop to Westhampton. From there, the train will continue eastward, making stops at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk.

04/18/2013

Crews work to replace nearly 3/4 mile of damaged LIRR track on March 21, 2013.(credit: CBS 2)

LIRR Repairs To Damaged Track ‘Enormous Effort’

The LIRR said crews have already replaced 1,600 concrete ties that were damaged when the train derailed Monday at Rego Park, destroying nearly a mile of track.

03/22/2013

Heavy machinery and crews are working to replace nearly 3/4 mile of LIRR track following Monday's derailment. March 21, 2013 (credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

LIRR Derailment Repairs Expected To Be Complete By Monday Morning Commute

Specialized machinery has been working to dig up the nearly 1,600 damaged concrete railroad ties to replace them with fresh ones.

03/21/2013

Mug shots of the suspects arrested in an alleged LIRR copper theft scheme (credit: Handout/Nassau County District Attorney's Office)

Security To Be Tightened At LIRR After Copper Thefts

After 15 Long Island Rail Road employees were arrested and charged with stealing over $250,000 worth of copper wire, the railroad agency said it will put in place new measures so that similar thefts will not happen.

01/26/2013

LIRR President Helena Williams and Sen. Charles Schumer at LIRR 'Double Track' Announcement Jan. 16, 2013 (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

LIRR Officials Roll Out Next Phase Of ‘Double Track’ Project

An environmental assessment is under way on building an additional track from Ronkonkoma, one of the railroad’s busiest stations, to Farmingdale. Only one track runs between the stations, which are about 18 miles apart.

01/16/2013

West Broadway is seen covered in beach sand due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Long Beach. (credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Limited Long Beach Branch LIRR Service Resumes With Diesel Trains

The resumption of service on the Long Beach Branch means all 10 LIRR branches are back in operation following superstorm Sandy.

11/14/2012

Long Island Rail Road Station (file/Mike Xirinachs)

MTA Inspector Gen. Report: LIRR Crews Waste Time, Money

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Barry Kluger reviewed several recent construction projects and found that LIRR crews reported to work late, knocked off early and that a lack of oversight was widespread.

10/04/2012

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