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MTA Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security (Credit: Barry Sloan)

MTA Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at the LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Inside the MTA's Long Island Railroad storm center

The Long Island Rail Road put to use two years of planning during the Feb. 8, 2013 blizzard.

The LIRR started overhauling its snow response plan in 2010, but did not get to use many of its new tools during the mild winter of 2011-2012.

When the Feb. 8 overnight blizzard left snow drifts as high as 4 feet on some train tracks in Suffolk County, the LIRR was ready with a bolstered fleet of snow equipment, new policies and priorities that allowed the railroad to keep trains running even during the height of the storm, and a $1.3 million new situation room from where the entire operation was run.

Information regarding winter storm operations for the Long
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Information regarding winter storm operations for the Long Island Rail Road is pictured in the situation room at the LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Robert Murphy, left, chief of security systems and
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Robert Murphy, left, chief of security systems and services for the Long Island Rail Road, monitors security in the situation room at the LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

MTA Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

MTA Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at the LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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GPS tracks Long Island Rail Road trains in
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

GPS tracks Long Island Rail Road trains in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

MTA Long Island Rail Road chief engineer Kevin
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

MTA Long Island Rail Road chief engineer Kevin Tomlinson speaks in a conference room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

A map of the Long Island Rail Road
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

A map of the Long Island Rail Road is pictured in a conference room at the LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

One of the new jet engines the LIRR
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

One of the new jet engines the LIRR will deploy to blow snow from tracks. (Feb. 8, 2013)

MTA and Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

MTA and Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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Helena Williams, president of the Long Island Rail
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Helena Williams, president of the Long Island Rail Road, talks about storm preparedness in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Weather is monitored by Long Island Rail Road
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Weather is monitored by Long Island Rail Road personnel in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

The Long Island Rail Road tracks near Calverton,
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

The Long Island Rail Road tracks near Calverton, on the line that runs east to Greenport, are plowed so service can be restored. (Feb. 10, 2013)

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The Long Island Rail Road tracks near Calverton
(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

The Long Island Rail Road tracks near Calverton are plowed so service can be restored. (Feb. 10, 2013)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Long Island Rail Road personnel monitor security and weather in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Security is monitored by Long Island Rail Road
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Security is monitored by Long Island Rail Road personnel in the situation room at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica. (Feb. 13, 2013)

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