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New Jersey Transit's board late last week approved the appointment of Raymond Kenny as senior vice president and general manager of rail operations, effective immediately.He has nearly 50 years of rail industry experience, including a stint as acting president of MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). Kenny most recently was a consultant on operations and planning for WSP, where he worked on elements of Amtrak's Gateway and Northeast Corridor Future projects, business processes for MTA Metro-North Railroad, emergency management plans for Metrolink and commissioning for the CT Rail project in Hartford, Connecticut. Kenny began his transportation career in 1970 as a ticket clerk for LIRR. He eventually rose through the ranks and assumed positions of increasing responsibility in personnel training and capital construction prior to leading the transportation department."Ray is a national expert in the railroad industry and his knowledge of the complexities of the rail system in our region is unmatched," said NJ Transit Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti in a press release. "His leadership and management skills will be invaluable as we move NJ Transit forward."