LIRR Leadership Shows Off Safety Upgrades To Rail Crossings

Sophia Hall
November 25, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Long Island Rail Road Train

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WESTBURY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Long Island Rail Road leadership on Monday showed off the agency’s latest technology to prevent collisions between trains and cars.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, at some LIRR crossings, drivers can often get confused that they are approaching train tracks because of their GPS system. However, the agency has taken steps to improve crossings to ensure all drivers are aware.

“The four-foot-high delineators are visible as you're approaching. The pavement markings, the line striping show as a car drives across that the road continues across and it does not terminate there, so there should be no turns,” explained LIRR president Phil Eng.

The changes were made at all 296 crossings along the LIRR’s routes and since implemented, Eng says car and train collisions have declined.

The LIRR has also teamed up with the navigation app, Waze, to notify drivers that they are approaching a railroad crossing.

“By the feature of adding the Google, Wave map to also give the audio to our motorists; altogether –low technology, high technology – it has made a dramatic effect on driver safety,” Eng said.

The news comes months after lawmakers called for railroad crossing upgrades following a fatal car crash in Westbury.

In that February incident, it’s believed a driver was trying to “beat the gate,” proceeded through the crossing and was struck by two trains. Two passengers and the driver were killed.