Phillip Eng named Long Island Rail Road president

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NEW YORK – MTA Long Island Rail Road is welcoming its next president: transportation veteran Philip Eng. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph J. Lhota and MTA Managing Director Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim announced his appointment this week.

Eng joined the MTA in March 2017 when he was appointed chief operating officer, where he was responsible for leading major initiatives across all of the MTA’s agencies with a focus on innovation and technology while maintaining and improving safety and reliability. Modernization of the transportation systems became a key focal point during his time as COO to improve customer service with the development of new fare payment systems, mobile ticketing apps, technology integration, and procurement of new rolling stock and buses. Finding efficiencies and opportunities to streamline functions, Eng also was an integral part in the delivery of MTA’s 2015-2019 $29.5 billion capital spending program.

From October 2017 to January 2018, Eng concurrently held the position of acting president at New York City Transit.

“Phil has shown exceptional leadership and dedication during his time at the MTA, and I know he will bring his enthusiasm for developing a world-class transportation system to the [Long Island Rail Road],” Lhota says. “With 35 years of experience in the New York transportation sector, I couldn’t imagine anyone better suited for this position at this crucial time as we work toward creating a robust future for the commuter rail.”

“Phil is a true professional in the field of transportation who has impressed all of us at the MTA since he came aboard,” Hakim says. “He has the ability to quickly assess any challenging situation and find a workable solution. We look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Eng succeeds Patrick Nowakowski, who served as Long Island Rail Road president for nearly four years.
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