(Syosset, NY, August 2, 2022) The LiRo Group, (LiRo), a national, multidisciplinary project and construction management, engineering, architecture, and technology firm, is pleased to announce the recent hire of Phillip Eng, PE to Executive Vice President. Mr. Eng has joined LiRo after a 40-year career in public service in which his most prominent role was President of the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). He held the position for nearly four years until he stepped down in February 2022. As President, he established a customer-focused vision that managers and the workforce embraced to reverse record low on-time performance (OTP) and customer satisfaction. While leading the LIRR through the Covid-19 pandemic, the workforce rose to the challenge tackling longstanding issues to improve service and deliver historic record OTP while incorporating industry leading technology and innovation has help to restore public trust and encourage ridership to return. Leaving the LIRR team in a position for continued success after his departure is one of his proudest accomplishments as the LIRR has continued to deliver safe, reliable, and consistent service.
Mr. Eng will be a vital contributor across all business sectors of our LiRo family while bringing his public sector experience in guiding and driving LiRo’s continued success in our current markets and future growth and expansion opportunities. Speaking on his new role with LiRo, Mr. Eng shared his enthusiasm, saying, “I have been blessed throughout my career to have been part of a great industry with a fantastic team supported by some of the most talented and dedicated colleagues in the world. Joining The LiRo Group and the GISI family is exciting and meaningful as we strive to support and deliver vital work for our clients and communities we serve during one of the most challenging, demanding and important times in history.”
It was under Mr. Eng’s direction that the LIRR is able to fulfill a landmark $6 billion capital plan to upgrade and enlarge its massive framework, particularly with the East Side Access, Main Line Expansion – 3rd Track, Positive Train Control, Elmont Station, Jamaica Capacity Improvements, Centralized Train Control, new M9 rolling stock, and Mainline Double Track. He had the privilege of playing a significant role in the 3rd Track project while still working at the New York State Department of Transportation as the elimination of 8 at-grade railroad crossings were essential components towards improved safety and quality of life across the 10-mile project limit. Prior to becoming the LIRR President, Mr. Eng served as the Chief Operating Officer for the MTA and Interim President of the NYC Transit Authority.
Mr. Eng’s public service career started in 1983, when he worked as a Junior Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, and held such posts as Construction Supervisor, Regional Director, and Chief Engineer before his last position as Executive Deputy Commissioner. He built his experience and advanced his career with stints in such diverse units as Design and Construction, Structures, Bridge Inspection, Operations and Maintenance. While moving ahead within the DOT, his efforts were critical to upgrading and streamlining the agency’s record of project delivery. Partnering with industry, the use of the alternative procurement including design-build, best value and prequalification concepts were embraced and successfully utilized under his leadership. Among the prominent projects that Mr. Eng participated in and helped deliver were the spectacular new Kosciuszko and the Mario M. Cuomo signature bridges, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Expansion Project, The Moynihan Train Hall, US Peace Bridge Plaza Improvements as well as the striking Rochester Train Station and Long Island Welcome Center.
Mr. Eng always strives to outline a clear vision that focuses on teamwork, setting managers and an engaged workforce up for success, embracing innovation and new technologies in the delivery of safe, reliable, and improved service, transportation, and projects. He has successfully delivered and dramatically improved reliable and robust transportation services, supported record capital program work, accelerated deferred maintenance and a state of good repair while implementing cost-saving measures, identifying efficiencies and savings necessitated by huge financial shortfalls due to Covid-19 impacts, all while ensuring the safety of the workforce and the public.
Mr. Eng earned a Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a native Long Islander, where he currently resides with his wife, Carole, and the two sons and twin daughters they proudly raised. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, backyard grilling/smoking, and attending ballgames.
“We are delighted to have Mr. Eng join our LiRo team,” said LiRo Chief Executive Officer Rich Cavallaro. “He comes with superior industry knowledge and an impeccable reputation as a team builder and problem solver. He is a welcome addition to our senior management team.”
About Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc.
Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (GISI) provides the resources its partner companies may require to gain the competitive advantage for success in construction services, construction management, engineering and consulting. Our management teams, and employees as shareholders are invested in contributing to and benefiting from our growth, performance and results. GISI partner companies operate throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Learn more at www.GISI.com.
About The LiRo Group
Founded in 1984 and merged with GISI in October 2020, The LiRo Group is an award-winning engineering, program and construction-management firm. LiRo has extensive expertise in transportation, infrastructure and public-works projects and serves public- and private-sector clients throughout the northeast United States and in California. Visit www.liro.com for more information.