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MTA appoints chief safety officer and head of citizens advisory committee

The MTA has announced two new appointments to key leadership positions that involve advocating for and protecting Long Island Rail Road riders.

Patrick Warren has been appointed the new chief safety officer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, replacing David Meyer. And Lisa Daglian takes over as executive director of the MTA’s Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, following the retirement of William Henderson.

Their salaries were not available Friday.

Warren most recently worked for the Federal Railroad Administration, where he held the role of executive director and deputy associate administrator for its Office of Railroad Safety. Warren has also held safety positions at the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Army.

In a statement, Warren said he was “excited to join one of the world’s largest transportation networks, one that is focused on promoting a safety culture while constantly looking for ways to improve its practices.”

In his new role, Warren will oversee the implementation of various safety policies and programs at the MTA, and support the Long Island Rail Road’s ongoing effort to install positive train control technology throughout its system.

Positive train control is a technology mandated by the federal government to prevent train crashes.

“Patrick’s experience at the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as his work on safety projects in other roles within transportation, makes him uniquely qualified to push forward our ongoing safety initiatives,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement.

Daglian comes to the MTA’s Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, or PCAC, after holding executive positions at several organizations, including serving as an  interim executive director at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, a federally-funded transportation planning group.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. This organization is terrific,” said Daglian, who lives in Long Island City but rides the LIRR regularly to get to her family’s weekend home on Fire Island. “I’m very aware of many of the frustrations, and also the improvements that are happening.”

Created by the State Legislature in 1981 to provide transit riders with a voice within the MTA, the PCAC includes advocacy groups for its bus and subway systems and commuter railroads.

LIRR Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein said Daglian’s experience “will be of great value” to the council and to LIRR riders.

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