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Workers repair the escalator at the Lindenhurst station, (Credit: Ed Betz)

Workers repair the escalator at the Lindenhurst station, where an 88-year-old woman died after an accident there. It is one of 10 escalators undergoing repairs and upgrades in the LIRR system. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Out-of-service escalators at LIRR stations

Almost half of the LIRR's 19 escalators are shut down because of safety concerns uncovered during a review triggered by the March death of an 88-year-old woman on a Lindenhurst station escalator. Workers have been replacing several major components, making repairs and installing new safety technology on 10 of the 19 escalators, some of which are nearly 30 years old.

Workers repair the escalator at the Lindenhurst station,
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Workers repair the escalator at the Lindenhurst station, where an 88-year-old woman died after an accident there. It is one of 10 escalators undergoing repairs and upgrades in the LIRR system. (Aug. 20, 2012)

A view of the closed-down escalator at the
(Credit: NEWSDAY/John Paraskevas)

A view of the closed-down escalator at the Lindenhurst LIRR station. LIRR officials say they realize the simultaneous escalator outages are inconvenient, but they wanted to address safety concerns as soon as possible. (March 26, 2012)

The escalator remains closed at the Copaigue Railroad
(Credit: Ed Betz)

The escalator remains closed at the Copaigue Railroad Station, one of 10 locations where the LIRR is conducting upgrades and repairs. All of the escalators being renovated are getting new safety switches, a brake assembly for emergency stops, handrails and comb plates for the top and bottom landings. (Aug 20, 2012)

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LIRR passengers descend three levels of steps at
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

LIRR passengers descend three levels of steps at the Rockville Centre train station as the escalator, left, is out of service for repairs, a common sight at many LIRR stations on the Island. (Aug. 20, 2012)

The escalator at the Baldwin LIRR station is
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

The escalator at the Baldwin LIRR station is one of several out of service for many months, forcing riders to use the stairs. (Aug. 20, 2012)

LIRR passengers descend three levels of steps at
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

LIRR passengers descend three levels of steps at the Rockville Centre train station as the escalator, left, is out of service for repairs, a common sight at many LIRR stations on the Island. (Aug. 20, 2012)

The closed-down escalator at the Lindenhurst LIRR station
(Credit: NEWSDAY / John Paraskevas)

The closed-down escalator at the Lindenhurst LIRR station has been out of service since the March 13 death of Irene Bernatzky, who fell on the escalator and was asphyxiated when a piece of her clothing got tangled in the machinery. (March 26, 2012)

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