With regard to “Meltdowns belie LIRR’s on-time stats” [News, Aug. 21], perhaps the Long Island Rail Road, the LIRR Commuter Council and others should re-examine the validity, objectivity and accuracy of what is measured.
As an example, incorporating data of instances beyond control — snowstorms, a car on the track — or lack thereof into overall performance skews the metric. A separate metric of these types of events and its relationship to overall performance would likely be more objective.
A metric also must have an actionable component, which also should be published: What are the steps to take to address issues or to improve performance, and are they working? That’s where your metrics tie into the customer experience.
Marc Friedman, Bayville