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Lindenhurst Train Station Escalator Returning to Service

The LIRR testing phase is ending months after an elderly woman's death on the escalator at the Lindy station in March prompted safety checks.

The Long Island Rail Road has announced the escalator at the Lindenhurst train station will return to service next week.

This comes several months after it - along with others at various LIRR stations - was taken out of service for testing and refurbishment following the on the Lindy station's escalator in March.

"The LIRR has been diligently working to upgrade the safety features and rehabilitate these escalators so they can be placed back in service as quickly as possible," said MTA spokesperson Sam Zambuto in a release on the MTA LIRR website.

"We're very aware this needed work has caused significant inconvenience to many of our customers. However, safety is our number-one priority. We're making significant progress, and are confident we'll return many, if not all, of these escalators to service during September."

The LIRR equipped the Lindy station, along with seven other stations, with brand-new modern safety sensors, new or refurbished steps, new step chains, break assemblies, and top and bottom comb plates and controllers.

The new parts will allow for remote monitoring and control of the escalators, according to the LIRR.

The LIRR said it currently expects to test the new escalators out at the Lindenhurst station during the week of August 27, and hopes to have the stairways on line for the end of this month.

Other stations along the Babylon line, including Rockville Centre and Babylon, will also return to service before the end of August, according to the LIRR.

Amityville station should return to service by the end of September, and Copiague, by October, added the LIRR.

M. Perrotta August 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It is about time ! It is a real shame it took this long.

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