Rob Free, Acting President, Long Island Rail Road confirmed as keynote speaker. LICA’s annual “Season’s Greetings” breakfast to kick off the 2024 construction season is set for Friday, March 22, 2024, 8:00 – 10:30 AM, at the Stonebridge Country Club, 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY. Please mark your calendars.
A 31-year veteran of the organization, Robert Free has been named Acting President of the Long Island Rail Road. Equipped with an extraordinary grasp of rail operations, planning, and customers, Mr. Free has truly built his career from the ground up. He began his time at the Railroad as a Station Cleaner and later advanced his way to a variety of mission-critical roles, including progressively responsible management positions. As Chief Transportation Officer, he was responsible for over 2,000 employees and maintaining efficient systemwide train operations, coordinating the many track outages that allowed significant projects such as Ronkonkoma Branch Double Track and SOGR maintenance to progress. As Senior VP, he was responsible for over 7,000 employees in Rolling Stock Maintenance, Train Movement, Maintenance of Way, Service Planning, Security and Station Operations. Rob led operations through the COVID 19 pandemic, ensuring train service for essential workers, and also helped advance the Railroad’s epic Capital Program, which included mega projects such as Main Line Third Track and Grand Central Madison Terminal. This oversight included areas such as operations and service planning, staffing, and maintenance which, upon the projects’ successful launch, resulted in an astounding 40% increase in train service.