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NYCT names line general managers, addresses track worker safety


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) recently appointed Greg Lombardi general manager of the L line and Lou Brusati, GM of the 7 line. The agency also named Demetrius Crichlow and John Hoban deputy GMs of the L and 7 lines, respectively.

A 28-year NYCT veteran, Lombardi most recently served as general superintendent in the car equipment division. Brusati, who joined NYCT in 1981, most recently was general superintendent in rapid transit operations. Both will report to Senior Vice President of Subways Steven Feil.

Eventually, NYCT will appoint a GM for all subway lines and group GMs for groups of lines. The agency has tabbed Gricelda Cespedes, Herbert Lambert and Joseph Ragusa Jr. as future line managers.

NYCT is reorganizing the subway system to improve operations and customer service, said MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Sander in a prepared statement, adding that the GMs provide a “recognizable face associated with individual subway lines” and provide accountability at the local level.

Meanwhile, NYCT’s Joint Track Safety Task Force last week released a report that identifies ways to improve track worker safety. The agency created the task force last spring after two track workers were killed.

NYCT worked with Transport Workers Union Local 100 and sought input from maintenance-of-way hourly employees, supervisors and managers, train operators and conductors to initiate the report. The task force focused on various operational and safety issues, including flagging communication, flagging rule changes and workers’ safety environment; training improvements; communication of safety rules and initiatives; response to accidents; and job planning and safety inspection processes.

The report includes 63 recommendations, ranging from the establishment of an inspection and maintenance regimen to ensure all emergency alarm boxes and emergency telephones are operational to a provision requiring towers to notify train operators when employees are working along a right of way.

The Department of Subways and Division of Human Resources now must develop a “safety stand down” that addresses the recommendations, NYCT said.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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