The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) completed its visible railroad crossing safety initiative when safety enhancements were finished at the Hortons Lane crossing in Southold on July 28, 2018. The safety enhancements at 296 railroad crossings system-wide were completed five months ahead of schedule.
LIRR President Phillip Eng announced the plan as part of his LIRR Forward initiative. Railroad crossing safety enhancements include installing flexible, four-foot high reflective delineators and extending roadway markings and additional reflective devices.
"Keeping our customers and our employees safe is at the forefront of our minds in everything that we do at the Long Island Rail Road,” said Eng. “We are consistently implementing innovative approaches -- both high-tech and low-tech -- to enhance safety, including when it comes to those locations where motorists may encounter our railroad crossings. I am pleased to say that it appears that these efforts are paying off, and I want to thank the hardworking LIRR staff who ensured this was done quickly and efficiently."
In June, the LIRR also announced its partnership with the GPS navigation app Waze with an app that alerts motorists using it that they are approaching a LIRR railroad crossing. Currently, 30 LIRR railroad crossings are live on the Waze app and all 296 railroad crossings are expected to be live by the end of this year.