Letter: Performance stats and the LIRR

An LIRR commuter waits at the Long Beach

An LIRR commuter waits at the Long Beach station. (Jan. 19, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

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Something is very wrong at the Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR is embroiled in two major scandals: disability fraud ["Dr. 'Disability Mill,' " News, Jan. 19] and copper theft ["Alleged LIRR thefts," News, Jan. 26], so the time may be ripe for a top-to-bottom overhaul.

Simply stated, the LIRR needs to change its culture. One step forward would be to stop the public lies every month about on-time performance statistics. After superstorm Sandy thoroughly thrashed the LIRR, resulting in about three weeks of alternative service, the LIRR released an on-time performance count of better than 91 percent.

The outrage at this was quick and ferocious -- to the point that the LIRR had to restate its numbers. This alone shows how meaningless the statistics are. Alternative measures should be used.

Peter Haynes, Bayport

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the LIRR Commuters Campaign, a nonprofit group.

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