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Think LIRR is late now? Times have changed

In 1988, the LIRR issued to all its

In 1988, the LIRR issued to all its employees this commemorative pin marking the agency’s then-record on-time performance for the previous year: 91.6 percent. Photo Credit: Dave Morrison

The Long Island Rail Road’s 2010 on-time record of 92.8 percent may be its worst in five years, but LIRR historian Dave Morrison has reminder for riders: It used to be much worse.

In 1988, the LIRR issued to all its employees a commemorative pin, above, marking the agency’s then-record on-time performance for the previous year: 91.6 percent.

An internal LIRR newsletter published at the time noted that the record surpassed the agency's goal of 90 percent. The LIRR raised the bar in 1988, with an on-time goal of 91 percent.

Vice president of operations Larry Baggerly opined in the newsletter that the LIRR “should be able to deliver a 90-plus on time performance consistently in the future.”

The LIRR's current on-time record, set in 2009, is 95.21. Its goal for 2011 is 95.1.

"Time sure changes people's perspective of the LIRR's on-time performance," Morrison said.

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