Phillip Eng is elevated to president of New York state’s Long Island Rail Road, which parent agency Metropolitan Transportation Authority says is the busiest U.S. commuter railroad, with 89 million annual riders. He had been MTA chief operating officer since joining in early 2017 and also was acting president of New York City Transit from October to January.

Eng, formerly executive deputy commissioner of the New York Dept. of Transportation, replaces Patrick Nowakowski, who resigned on April 13. According to Newsday, Nowakowski was under fire from various constituencies over poor LIRR service and communications. The newspaper said 2017 was the LIRR’s worst for on-time performance in 18 years. He had begun implementing a $20-milllion performance improvement plan, which Newsday said in an opinion needs a “more aggressive timetable” under Eng.


Nelson Ogunshakin will succeed Enrico Vink as managing director of the Geneva-based International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). Ogunshakin, CEO of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, a large London-based member group, will leave ACE when it names his replacement. FIDIC has about 102 member groups globally representing at least 750,000 engineers.


John Barton has joined HNTB Corp. as senior vice president and federal transportation market leader based in Plano, Texas. Most recently, he was Texas A&M University associate vice chancellor and executive director of its $150-million RELLIS campus, which is being redeveloped near the school’s College Station hub to accommodate up to 10,000 students. The campus includes the just-completed Center for Infrastructure Renewal, which will centralize research on infrastructure, transportation and robotics. Barton also is former deputy executive director of the Texas Dept. of Transportation.