Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

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Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby Kelly&Kelly » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:24 am

Former LIRR Acting President Raymond P. Kenny has been named to head New Jersey Transit, pending approval of the Road's board. The system has been plagued with problems of engineer and equipment shortages, low employee morale and widespread rider dissatisfaction.

Ray retired from the LIRR several years ago and has since worked for a transportation consulting firm. After summering in college as a seasonal ticket clerk, Ray joined the LIRR's Operations and Service Planning Department in the 1970's. A reorganization of that department sent him to the ranks of Block Operator, where he climbed to Train Dispatcher, Chief Dispatcher, Supervisor - Train Movement and Superintendent - Train Movement. He was later appointed Acting President and completed his career overseeing the East Side Access planning and construction. Ray was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks.

We join the entire LIRR family who had the honor of working with Ray in wishing him good fortune in his new position. Ray is 67 years old.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby GSC » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:36 am

It's refreshing to hear of someone who climbed up the ranks and is intimately familiar with operations. Provided he is given the permission and funding to get things done, I see good things ahead. It is sorely needed.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby MACTRAXX » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:33 pm

K&K (and Everyone:)

Good news about RPK being appointed to be the head of New Jersey Transit Rail Operations.

His many years of LIRR experience should be an asset for NJT moving forward - we all wish
him well in his new position. RPK rose all the way up through the ranks to the top being a
respected career railroader seconding GSC's mention.

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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby Yankees1 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:36 pm

I wish him the best. If he can do something along the lines of the LIRR Cannonball for the NJCL, that would be great.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby blockline4180 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:30 pm

Wow. That is very promising. Ray is a true railroader to boot, I just hope the board doesn't do something real stupid and not vote to confirm.
Hope he isn't scared away when he finds out how dysfunctional they are!!
Well wishes to Ray as he has his work cut out for him.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby Kelly&Kelly » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:34 am

Hope they're not scared away if they find out he's a lifelong rail buff.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby Defiant » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:03 am

Is there a link to this, I see nothing on the NJT Web site. Are you sure that Governor Murphy is replacing the Head of NJT already? Didn't he just appoint someone in January of this year?
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby blockline4180 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:19 pm

Kelly&Kelly wrote:Hope they're not scared away if they find out he's a lifelong rail buff.


lol, That should not be an issue especially knowing his good credentials and life long operational background at LIRR and loved by many.... But yes, with NJT and their board anything is possible!!
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby Dcell » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:12 am

I believe Alan Dustin was last real railroader to lead NJTs rail division. Good that they hired a career guy and not another Jeff Wersh.
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Re: Former LIRR President to Head New Jersey Transit

Postby ajt » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:48 pm

Let's review the org chart.

The Executive Director heads NJT.

The Rail VP/GM heads Rail and reports to the Executive Director (as does the Bus VP/GM and the heads of the various administrative functions).

When Mr Dustin led Rail he reported to E.D. Jerry Premo.

Almost every Rail VP/GM has been a "real railroader", i.e. had significant experience within a Rail organization- operations, mechanical, infrastructure. The only ones who immediately come to mind who didn't have such experience were back in the 1980s, one from Planning and one from Corporate.

I believe Mr Kenny will be the Rail VP/GM, not the Executive Director.
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