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Long Island Rail Road maintenance department wins safety award

The LIRR received the gold award for safety

The LIRR received the gold award for safety in the commuter rail category for its Maintenance of Equipment Department during the American Public Transportation Association's annual rail conference. (April 22, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Long Island Rail Road earlier in June won a national award for safety from a leading transportation advocacy group.

The award was one of three the Metropolitan Transportation Authority won for rail safety and security from the American Public Transportation Association during its annual rail conference.

New York City Transit took home awards for its maintenance program and its graffiti prevention unit.

The LIRR received the gold award for safety in the commuter rail category for its Maintenance of Equipment Department. Reliability of the system has increased 400 percent over the past decade, and the LIRR is now operating at nearly 200,000 miles between failures due to its efficiency, according to a release by the MTA, which announced the awards.

“Many Maintenance of Equipment shops and yards work 24/7 and employees often work outdoors in all weather and lighting conditions,” LIRR president Helena Williams said in a statement. “Yard employees endure cold temperatures, snow and ice in the winter and extreme heat in the summer.” Williams accepted the award.

NYC Transit won a gold award for safety for the FastTrack maintenance program, which shuts down portions of an entire subway line for a four-day block. The nightly seven-hour shifts have enhanced worker safety and increased maintenance productivity. FastTrack saved the MTA $16 million in 2012, the release stated.

NYC Transit also won a gold award for security for its Eagle Team anti-graffiti unit. From 2010 to 2012, major incidents that took trains out of service for cleaning were down 28.8 percent, according to the release.

Tags: Long Island Rail Road , Metropolitan Transit Authority , Helena Williams

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