Former LIRR president, Hoppe, dies

January 5, 2016

Trains Magazine, December 30, 2015

Charles Hoppe, the 80-year old former Long Island Rail Road president, died Tuesday in Virginia after a series of strokes. During his tenure at the helm of the LIRR, he oversaw the replacement of 50-year old equipment with a modernization of the fleet with new bi-level cars, new diesel and dual-mode power and overhaul of New York Penn Station.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

Hoppe had a long career in the railroad industry working for the B&O and the Santa Fe Railway before achieving his dream job, running the LIRR from 1990 to mid-1994.

He improved the LIRR’s performance by steadily improving metrics on-time performance, increasing ridership, and boosting equipment reliability. He also successfully fought against changing the name of the railroad from the traditional LIRR to Metro-East to mimic their northern sister MTA agency, Metro-North.

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